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Trelawny Police step up pressure on gangsters

Observer West reporter

Thursday, January 17, 2019

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FALMOUTH, Trelawny — In light of gang warfare contributing to 31 per cent of the 29 murders recorded in the parish last year, the Trelawny police have signalled their resolve to move fervently this year to dismantle the alleged six gangs operating in the parish.

The police revealed that they are going after members of the active gangs, which are domiciled in the communities of Bounty Hall, Hague Settlement, Bunker's Hill and Water Lane, as well as Cornwall Street and Newton Street in Falmouth.

“I must put out a warning to all our gang members that we will be coming at you with all facets of the law, wherever you are in our parish. And we will be coming basically with the full force of all the legal tools in our kit as we focus on reducing gang activities within our parish for the calendar year 2019,” Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Winston Milton, the acting commander of the Trelawny Police Division said.

“We will continue our thrust in identifying and dismantling the gangs that are operating within our space.”

Speaking at a press conference at the Falmouth Police Station on Tuesday, DSP Milton indicated that effective policing led to the capture of a suspected gangster who was held and three firearms, including two high-powered weapons, a number of ammunition and lotto scamming paraphernalia, seized from him.

“We believe that the motorist (suspected gangster) is a member of a popular gang which operates in the Falmouth and Duncans areas; we are continuing our investigations in respect to this seizure,” DSP Milton said.

According to the interim head honcho of the Trelawny Police Division, on Monday, at about 11:30 am a team of police personnel from the Trelawny Highway Patrol were conducting spot check operations along the Salt Marsh main road when they signalled the driver of a black Toyota Fielder motorcar to stop. During a search of the vehicle a .40 mm Beretta pistol was recovered with a magazine containing seven rounds of .40 cartridges. A subsequent search of the motorist's residence yielded an AK-47 rifle with a magazine clip containing 19 rounds 7.65mm cartridges, and an M16 A1 assault rifle with a magazine containing 16 5.53mm cartridges.

“Another 5.53mm cartridge was also found in a container with powdery substance in the household. We also found a container which contained 16 .40 calibre cartridges,” DSP Milton disclosed.

He added: “Several lottery scamming paraphernalia, namely, documents containing personal information of US residents, popularly called lead sheets along with external storage devices, laptop computers, cellphones… all of which contained personal information of US citizens were seized from this household.”

The police say they are now actively pursuing two brothers, Stanford and Eric Morrison, who are reportedly members of the Bounty Hall-based gang. They are also two of five people who top the list of wanted persons in Trelawny.

Oneal Demetris, also called 'Bad Boy', and 'Socket, who escaped custody from the Falmouth Police lock-up on April 4, 2018; Samari O'conner, wanted for murder which was committed on August 19, 2018 in Stewart Town district, and Rohan Ryan, also called 'Monkeyman', who is wanted for shootings committed in September 2015, round off the five most wanted in the parish.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of these men is asked to contact the Falmouth police at 8769543222 or 119.

“We are also warning persons that it is a breach of the law to facilitate any of these individuals or to house them in your household. And we are actively pursuing these individuals and again we are soliciting the public's assistance in apprehending them,” DSP Milton cautioned.

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