Cops re­cover four guns in St James crack­down

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Adrian Frater News Edi­tor adrian.frater@glean­erjm.com

WEST­ERN BU­REAU: THE SE­CU­RITY forces re­ceived a ma­jor break in the war against gun-sling­ing thugs in St James yes­ter­day when four guns were seized dur­ing a mas­sive joint po­lice-mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion in the neigh­bour­ing Glen­de­von and Nor­wood com­mu­ni­ties, the hot­bed of the on­go­ing may­hem that has claimed more than 200 lives since the start of the year.

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Ge­orge Quallo, the ter­ri­to­rial com­man­der in change of spe­cial op­er­a­tions in Area One, broke the news of the seizure of the guns – one AK47 as­sault ri­fle, one 303 ri­fle, one UZI sub­ma­chine gun, and a 9mm pis­tol – late yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

He also noted that a quan­tity of am­mu­ni­tion was seized and sev­eral men taken into cus­tody for pro­cess­ing.

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The gun find was greeted with glee by one promi­nent Mon­tego Bay busi­ness stake­holder who stated that it was a clear in­di­ca­tion that if the po­lice were pa­tient and did a thor­ough search of the prob­lem-plagued com­mu­ni­ties, they would find the il­le­gal weapons.

“You see what is hap­pen­ing

now? Fi­nally, they are do­ing house-to-house searches and weapons are be­ing found,” said the busi­ness­man, who asked not to be named.

“In Ja­maican terms, ‘Pres­sure buss pipe’.”

Dur­ing a press con­fer­ence in Mon­tego Bay on Wed­nes­day, Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Dr Carl Wil­liams said sig­nif­i­cant as­sets had been brought into the par­ish with a view to launch­ing an all­out

as­sault against the gang­sters, who had com­mit­ted 15 mur­ders in the past three weeks.

Dur­ing yes­ter­day’s op­er­a­tions, which con­tin­ued into the night, the joint po­lice-mil­i­tary pa­trols were still go­ing house to house in their re­lent­less search. Based on ob­ser­va­tion, res­i­dents in the af­fected com­mu­ni­ties co­op­er­ated with the se­cu­rity of­fi­cers, and, as a con­se­quence, there were no in­ci­dents of note.

“We are call­ing on the res­i­dents to ex­er­cise a lit­tle bit of pa­tience with us be­cause as we carry out our task, per­sons will be in­con­ve­nienced. So we are ask­ing for their un­der­stand­ing,” said Quallo.

“We are just mak­ing sure that we get to the root of what is hap­pen­ing so we can put a brake on the crime sit­u­a­tion.”

JER­MAINE BARN­ABY/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Po­lice and sol­diers busy pa­trolling sec­tions of Mon­tego Bay, St James, ear­lier this week.

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