ST ANDREW, Jamaica - A gun believed to be "buried five feet deep in the ground" was seized by lawmen during a major joint police-military operation in the St Andrew South police division today.
Acting on intelligence received, the security personnel unearthed the weapon- a nine-millimetre pistol .45 calibre gun- with nine live rounds and two magazines. The seizure was made at a residence on St Paul's Lane off Olympic Way in the Waterhouse community.
Late this evening, the officers swarmed the area and have been diligently combing the yard of a residence with members of the K9 division as they believe that more guns are buried there. The cops disclosed that the gun recovered had been buried "five feet in the ground".
"We are going to find the weapons hidden wherever they are in the St Andrew South division," Deputy Superintendent Coleridge Minto, operations officer of the St Andrew South police division, told OBSERVER ONLINE.
"I want to highlight the challenges faced as law enforcement, the men in these places, the criminals are hiding weapons in some ingenious ways, we are going after them, we are utilising technology, utilising the K9 and we have members of the Search Centre that assist us from time- to-time," he added.
Earlier this week, the police did a series of night-time snap raids across three police divisions. In one raid, the police recovered a Smith & Wesson firearm with 17 rounds on Mannings Hill Road, St Andrew and one man was arrested in connection with this find. Another snap raid recovered a submachine gun on McVickers Lane area in Spanish Town, and yet another weapon, a shotgun, was seized in the Swamp Lane area of Bog Walk, St Catherine.