'Key persons' among 17 detained in military, police ops

'Key persons' among 17 detained in military, police ops

Friday, November 15, 2019

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SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — Seventeen people were taken into custody in connection with various crimes committed in and around the Savanna-la-Mar area during a massive joint police/military operation yesterday.

According to head of the Westmoreland Police Division, Superintendent Robert Gordon, some “key persons” are among the detainees to be questioned by the police.

The senior police officer revealed that scores of people were searched during the operation, which commenced at 11:00 am and lasted for about four hours.

“The police would have searched over 399 persons. We searched 40 premises and 125 motor vehicles,” Superintendent Gordon disclosed.

No firearms were seized in the operation but, according to the superintendent of police, a number of offensive weapons were seized.

He argued that yesterday's operation is part of an ongoing drive by the Westmoreland police to clamp down on illegal activities in the parish.

“It's a part of our ongoing policing thrust within the general Westmoreland area to contain and to ensure that law-abiding citizens can go about their lawful business and conduct their business without fear of being harassed or victimised by criminals,” Superintendent Gordon noted.

Westmoreland is one of the three western parishes now under states of public emergency. St James and Hanover are the other two parishes.

— Horace Hines

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