Another gun find at wharf

January 19, 2021
The assault rifles that were seized last Monday in Montego Bay.
The assault rifles that were seized last Monday in Montego Bay.

A week after a major operation at the Montego Bay Freeport Wharf in St James led to the seizure of 19 illegal firearms, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, the Area One Contraband Enforcement Team again reaped success.

This time, three high-powered rifles, two 9mm handguns, and more than 100 assorted rounds were discovered within a refrigerator.

Reports by the police are that between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. yesterday, customs officers were carrying out the regular stripping of barrels and other freight containers at the Small Whart, located at Freeport, when they detected irregularities with a refrigerator.

Dismantling the appliance

The Contraband Enforcement Team was called in, and began dismantling the appliance, which took several hours. The guns and ammunition were then found.

One senior police source told THE STAR that the refrigerator was shipped from an address in the United States, and destined to an undisclosed location in Montego Bay.

Last week's seizure occurred shortly after 6 p.m., when customs officers were making checks of a barrel, which was labelled as containing food and toiletries. The barrel was also shipped from the US, but with an address in Falmouth, Trelawny. One person was reportedly detained and questioned in connection with the seizure.

A total of nine assault rifles, 15 handguns and more than 550 rounds of ammunition have been seized between both wharfs within the past week, and the police say they are continuing to monitor items which are being shipped from overseas through the port, as part of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's, ' Get the Guns Campaign'.

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