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Arms shipment came from Florida — police

Thursday, December 05, 2013    

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THE shipment of a machine used to make and reload ammunition, along with several components and 3,300 war heads/projectiles that were seized at the port in Kingston last week originated in Florida, the police said yesterday.

The Constabulary Communication Network (CCN) — the police's information arm — in a release yesterday, said the Jamaican police, with the assistance of overseas law enforcement entities, established that the shipment originated in the US state, and were working closely in the quest for any information that can assist with the investigations.

The police have been criticised for not going under cover and allow the consignee to collect the shipment, then nab the person, but the CCN said yesterday that while the concerns have been noted, "we want to reassure the public that based on the circumstances and the events that unfolded at the time, the best available strategy was employed".

Said the CCN: "The police are reassuring the public that the investigation has and will continue to be conducted in a professional and timely manner, and urge anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Oneil Schrouder of Mandeville, Manchester who was named as a person of interest, to contact the police immediately at 754-0623/960-1617, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.

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