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#StJamesSOE: Security forces seize 49 assault rifle rounds

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The security forces in St James, where a state of emergency was announced last Thursday, found 49 rounds of ammunition in a tin container yesterday evening during an operation.

According to Major Basil Jarrett, Civil Military Cooperation and Media Affairs Officer of the Jamaica Defence Force, a joint military and police team were conducting search operations in a number of communities across Montego Bay, when a house on Browns Lane, Granville, was searched and a tin container found underneath the structure.

The container was opened and the 49 rounds of 7.62 ammunition were discovered buried in a powdery substance. This type of round is the ammunition used in the Kalashnikov assault rifles that have been linked to numerous murders and shootings in St James, the lawmen explained.

No arrests were made in connection with the find. However, five individuals were detained as part of the operation.

The security forces continue to urge persons to help in the fight against crime by calling the tip hotline at 837-8888 or via email at takeback.stjames@jdf.mil.jm

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