Busi­ness as usual af­ter mas­sive po­lice op­er­a­tion in Au­gust Town

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AT LEAST 30 men were taken into cus­tody by the po­lice dur­ing an early morn­ing op­er­a­tion in Au­gust Town, St An­drew, as the cops con­tin­ued their ef­forts to keep the lid on a steam­ing gang war in the area.

Fol­low­ing the killing of three men in the com­mu­nity on Jan­uary 1, two of whom were said to be re­lated to the area leader in the sec­tion known as ‘Bot­tom Gola’, the se­cu­rity forces have kept a close watch on the area, in­clud­ing im­pos­ing a cur­few.

The early morn­ing op­er­a­tion seemed tar­geted by the cops as by mid-morn­ing, it was busi­ness as usual in the com­mu­nity, with res­i­dents con­duct­ing reg­u­lar com­mer­cial ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing side­walk ven­dors sell­ing food and clothes.

Restau­rants, bars, and shops were all open, and church­go­ers were seen mak­ing their way to their places of wor­ship.

The de­tained men were taken to the Half­Way Tree Po­lice Sta­tion for pro­cess­ing, but up to press time, there was no word from the cops if any had been ar­rested or charged.

LIONEL ROOKWOOD/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Res­i­dents of Au­gust Town mak­ing their way to church in the com­mu­nity yes­ter­day fol­low­ing an early morn­ing po­lice op­er­a­tion.

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