Police say eight firearms and eighty-nine assorted rounds of ammunition were seized in separate incidents across the island over the past week. Eleven people were arrested in connection with the gun and seizures.
According to a police statement Sunday, August 25, four persons were arrested in connection with the seizure of four firearms and approximately 54 rounds of ammunition in Westmoreland; one person arrested in connection with the seizure of one firearm in Trelawny and six persons arrested in connection with the seizure of two firearms and 32 assorted rounds of ammunition in St. James.
The seizures in Westmoreland, took place Thursday, August 22 in Negril where a 9 mm pistol with five 9mm rounds of ammunition was found beneath a house. One man was arrested. Also the same day in Beeston Spring in the parish, residents handed over a .38 revolver they took from a man involved in an altercation. The man was hospitalized under police guard, with injuries from the incident.
Still, in the parish on Friday, August 23, a man was arrested in Whitehall and charged after a Taurus semi-automatic pistol affixed with a magazine was found beneath the driver’s seat of a car he was driving. Police identified him as 36-year-old Jeffery Reid, farmer of West End in Negril, Westmoreland.
On Saturday, August 24, during an operation in Sheffield district in the parish, an unoccupied shop was searched and a black sock containing one Glock magazine and thirty-six .40 rounds of ammunition were found. Two persons were arrested in connection with the find.