Five guns seized in Cambridge raid
WESTERN BUREAU: THE MAJOR Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) and the Anti-Lottery Scam Task Force came up trumps in Cambridge, St James, yesterday, seizing five guns, a quantity of ammunition, and items associated with the illicit lottery scam, including lead sheets and electronic equipment.
“I see this as just reward for the efforts we have been making to remove illegal weapons from the hands of the criminals, who have been creating havoc in the parish,” said Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth, the commanding officer for St James.
According to police reports, shortly after 7 a.m., the MOCA and Anti-Lottery Scam teams jointly executed a search warrant at a three-storey house on Duckett’s Road in Cambridge. During a search of the house, they found one M16 assault rifle, two 9mm pistols, two shotguns, 160 rounds of ammunition for shotguns, and 45 9mm rounds. They also found lead sheets and other lottery scamming paraphernalia, cellular phones, and electronic equipment used for lottery scamming.
“We have had an eye on Duckett’s Road for quite a while ... . A few weeks ago, we seized an AK47 rifle and a .38 revolver in that same community,” said Nesbeth, “The youngsters, who have a criminal mindset, all believe that they should have guns, and unfortunately, they have the resources to get them through the proceeds of the lottery scam.”
In yesterday’s operation, which lasted late into the afternoon, the 10 occupants of the house, which include a woman and several children, were kept outside under surveillance as the house was searched and the offensive items removed as evidence.
While no one was officially arrested and charged at press time, a police source told The Gleaner that he expects that two men, who were among the persons found in the house, will be charged in relation to the guns and the lottery-scamming paraphernalia.