Po­lice seize three firearms

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOCIAL - Ro­mario Scott Gleaner Writer

OF­FI­CERS AS­SIGNED to the Lin­stead Po­lice Station seized two firearms and four rounds of am­mu­ni­tion in St Cather­ine and Claren­don on Satur­day.

The po­lice seized a third firearm from a man in St An­drew.

The po­lice re­ported that at about 7:25 p.m. on Satur­day, they were on pa­trol and car­ried out a search of an aban­doned con­tainer on a prop­erty in Ewarton, St Cather­ine. A Taurus 9mm pis­tol with a mag­a­zine con­tain­ing four 9mm rounds was found. No one was taken into cus­tody in re­la­tion to the seizure.

Later, at about 8:00 p.m., po­lice were on pa­trol in May Pen, Claren­don, when a rob­bery was re­ported. They stopped and searched a 16-year-old boy and took a Smith and Wes­son .38

FOR­MER PRIME min­is­ter and chair­man of the Govern­ment’s Caribbean Com­mu­nity (CARICOM) Com­mis­sion, Bruce Golding, is of the view that lack of re­search is putting a drag on the in­te­gra­tion process of Caribbean coun­tries.

He noted that there is lit­tle co­or­di­na­tion in re­pur­pos­ing the ma­te­rial and find­ings for nonaca­demic use.

“The Univer­sity of the West Indies has re­search, some of which was done many years ago, but hav­ing served their aca­demic pur­poses, they have not been trans­formed for com­mer­cial ap­pli­ca­tion,” Golding ar­gued.

“Re­search is im­por­tant in all of this,” he added.

Fol­low­ing a re­cent World Bank re­port, which points to the un­der­util­i­sa­tion of the Caribbean waters, Golding said there is much room for col­lab­o­ra­tion and re­search to fur­ther ben­e­fit from the Caribbean Sea.

“There are tremen­dous marine re­sources. If you look at Guyana, they just dis­cov­ered oil off their waters. Our ef­forts re­quire two things: ex­plo­ration to iden­tify what is there, what can be har­nessed and what can re­volver from him. He was said to be in­volved in the rob­bery that had been re­ported.

He was taken into cus­tody; how­ever, his iden­tity is be­ing with­held pend­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

In Gordon Town, St An­drew, one man was taken into cus­tody fol­low­ing the seizure of a Taurus pis­tol and four 9mm rounds of am­mu­ni­tion in Jack­fruit Tree district, Gordon Town also on Satur­day.

Re­ports from the Gordon Town po­lice are that be­tween 3:35 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., a team con­duct­ing op­er­a­tions in the area searched a premises oc­cu­pied by the man and found the firearm and am­mu­ni­tion. Po­lice took him into cus­tody; how­ever, his iden­tity is be­ing with­held pend­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions. Dr He­len Trot­man-Ed­wards (cen­tre), top teacher of the Univer­sity of the West Indies (UWI)/Guardian Group Pre­mium Teach­ing award 2016, chats with (from left) Dr Camille Bell Hutchin­son, cam­pus reg­is­trar of the UWI; guest speaker Dr Bar­bara Oak­ley, pro­fes­sor of en­gi­neer­ing at Oak­land Univer­sity in Rochester, Michi­gan; Pro­fes­sor Ishen Kumba Kahwa, deputy prin­ci­pal, UWI; and Ali­cia Fos­ter, vice-pres­i­dent, Em­ployee Ben­e­fits Divi­sion of Guardian Life, at the award cer­e­mony at the UWI Mona Vis­i­tors’ Lodge on Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 6, 2016.

RUDOLPH BROWN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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