Firearm seized in Portland, four in custody

PORTLAND, Jamaica -The Portland police have arrested four men in connection with the seizure of a firearm in the Snow Hill district of the parish on Friday.

The latest seizure brings to three, the number of illegal firearms recovered by the police in the parish since the start of the year.

According to the police, between 6:00 am and 7:30 am on Friday, a team from the Portland police was in the Snow Hill district in search of illegal firearms and ammunition, when the weapon was found.

“During the search one 9mm pistol along with a magazine containing four rounds of 9mm cartridges were found. Four persons were arrested in connection with the find,” the police said.

According to the police, the Portland division has seen a 57 per cent decrease in serious and violent crimes so far this year, when compared to the corresponding period in 2021.

“The police have been crippling the crime monster by arresting persons who committed serious and violent crimes for 2022. We have also cleared some cold cases resulting in a one hundred and sixteen per cent (116%) cleared up rate. Six wanted persons and persons of interest have been taken into custody since the start of 2022 and several major drug seizures have been made,” Commander for the Portland Division Superintendent Kenneth Chin said in a release.

“We urge the citizens of this parish to continue to work with us as we make all efforts to keep Portland the safest place in Jamaica.”

Chin noted that individuals may pass on information to the Portland police by calling 119, 311 or any of the following numbers:

Operations Office: (876) 322-9357, (876) 440-1526

Port Antonio CIB: (876) 322-9263

Port Antonio Guard Room: (876) 993 2546, (876) 322-9368

– Everard Owen

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