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April 2, 2014
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Tedain Meikle convicted for illegal firearm

SSP Noel Christie - File

Senior Superintendent Noel Christie and his team at the St Catherine South police are upbeat after Monday's conviction of Tedain Meikle in the Corporate Area Gun Court.

Meikle was found guilty of illegal possession of firearm in what the St Catherine South police have described as a major breakthrough in the drugs-for-guns trade operating out of that division. The conviction resulted from an operation conducted by the St Catherine South Fugitive Apprehension Team on December 4, 2012.

Meikle is to be sentenced on April 25. His co-accused, Gavel Reid, was sentenced to 18 months in prison last April, after pleading guilty to illegal possession of firearm.

"It sends a signal to other persons so minded that we are serious about curtailing this trade," Christie said yesterday.

motivation

"A conviction is also motivation to the men and women serving the division. We want to continue this fight as there are areas in the division that contribute to such crimes," Christie added, pointing to Hellshire, Old Harbour Bay and other fishing villages within St Catherine South.

Justice Jennifer Straw heard evidence that the police team intercepted a Honda Fit motor car exiting the 'Pigeon Shoot' fishing village near the Portmore Mall.

Inspector Carey Duncan, Corporal Paul Martin and District Constable Jason McKay outlined in court that the cops stormed the vehicle in which Reid and Meikle were travelling in the back seat and both were found in possession of firearms, a 9mm pistol and .38 handgun, respectively.

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