Police say they seized five firearms and 42 rounds of assorted rounds of ammunition on Thursday, September 27. A release from the police said this brings the week’s total seizures to 22 firearms and 293 assorted rounds of ammunition, since Sunday, September 23.
According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Selvin Hay, firearms seizures have occurred at a rate of two per day since January, while about 34 rounds of ammunition are seized daily. “This represents numerous lives that have been saved by the work of the Police who lessen the ability of criminals to carry out their nefarious acts. This is just one of the ways the Police act as a force for good in the lives of Jamaicans every day,” he said.
The seizures began about 9:10 a.m. with a .40 Pistol on Bongo Lane in Spanish Town, St. Catherine. Later about 2:00 p.m., the Papine Police seized a 9mm Browning pistol with a magazine containing fourteen 9mm cartridges on Old Hope Road, Kingston 6. And about 3:15 p.m., while searching several premises on Swan Lane, Kingston, the Kingston Eastern Policefound a Taurus 9mm semi-automatic pistol hidden among some stones on one of the premises.
One man, 29-year-old Daniel Grant, a maintenance worker of Mountain View Avenue, Kingston 3, was arrested and charged with Illegal Possession of Firearm and Ammunition in relation to the seizure on Old Hope Road. He is scheduled to appear before the Corporate Area Gun Court on Friday, October 12.
In addition, two firearms—one .357 Magnum revolver loaded with eight cartridges and one Carandai 9mm pistol containing one 9mm round of ammunition were also seized during confrontations with the Police in Upper Rock Spring district, Hanover and Petersfield, Westmoreland, respectively. Two men were fatally shot in the incidents.
DCP Hay is also encouraging citizens to assist the Police by providing them with information relating to illegal activities. Persons may call the Police 119 emergency number, Crime Stop at 311, the nearest Police Station or they may use the Stay Alert application.
By Franklin McKnight