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5 guns seized, four arrested

Friday, October 19, 2018

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FIVE illegal weapons were seized and four men taken into custody in separate incidents across three parishes between Wednesday and yesterday.

The police reported that on Wednesday, October 17 about 5:00 am officers on an operation in Ten Mile, Bull Bay, St Thomas, seized one Piertro Berretta .380 pistol and eight .380 rounds of ammunition during the search of premises. Forty-two-year-old Ricardo Francis, a mechanic of Jacksvale, Gypsum Road, in the parish was arrested in connection with the seizure. He is scheduled to appear in the Corporate Area Gun Court on Thursday, October 25.

And about 7:30 am, during a joint police/military operation, members of the security forces who are working in the state of public emergency searched an unoccupied house; one Glock pistol with a magazine containing five rounds of ammunition was found hidden in a clothes basket. No arrest was made.

Later that morning, the Spanish Town police seized one 9mm pistol with two rounds of ammunition following a confrontation with a gunman on the Ackles Hill main road, Kitson Town, St Catherine. He was identified as 35-year-old Garth Thomas who was fatally shot during that incident.

The Inspectorate of the Constabulary and the Independent Commission of Investigations are investigating.

About 5:30 pm Wednesday another operation seized another weapon and arrested 27-year-old Ricardo Linton, who was accosted at Big Lane, Central Village, St Catherine, and a Berretta Nano pistol with nine rounds of ammunition taken from him.

He was subsequently charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

Police also reported that yesterday morning a member of the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard was arrested and charged after an illegal weapon with ammunition were taken from him on Oliver Road in Rockfort, Kingston 2.

Police were on patrol in the area when the soldier, who was walking, was accosted and searched and a 9mm Browning pistol with a magazine containing 13 rounds of ammunition seized.

The officer, whose identity is being withheld, is from Whitehall Avenue in Kingston 8.

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