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Business operators are being asked to more closely monitor their shipments to ensure that they are not being used to transport guns into the island.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Leslie Green, said yesterday (June 22), that “it’s within these containers that, unfortunately, the vast majority of the firearms are trafficked.”
“I urge businesses to be vigilant in relation to how their shipments coming in and going out are treated. How secure are your vessels, how secure are your containers?” he asked at the Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF) Chief Executive Officers (CEO) Breakfast at the Hilton Kingston.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Leslie Green (centre), and Deputy Superintendent of Police, Michael Campbell (right), listen to President of the Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF), Wayne Chen (left), during the JEF’s Chief Executive Officers (CEO) Breakfast held yesterday (June 22) at the Hilton Kingston. ACP Green was the guest speaker at the event.

According to ACP Green “legitimate businesses, unfortunately, daily support the trafficking of, not only firearms but drugs (into the island), which helps to fuel the money and the wealth that criminals use.”
Lamenting the fact that it is “all too easy for us to receive weapons,” he cited a recent seizure of weapons at the wharf, which were hidden in a generator. He credited the find, which consisted of a sub-machine gun, handguns, rifles, and ammunition, to the “very good work by the customs officers.”
He noted, however, that none of the weapons could be traced to a source. “We knew (the country) where the shipment came from, and there is now prosecution around who packaged it, etcetera,” he informed.
“We have prosecutions, both in the United States (US) and in Jamaica, but where did they purchase the weapons? We can’t tell, because there are no records, there is no process within some states in relation to that. So, we need to work with all the interested parties to tackle the problem of gun trafficking, because it’s the guns that will lead more to the violence on the streets of Jamaica,” he continued.

President of the Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF), Wayne Chen (left), makes a point to Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Leslie Green, at the JEF’s Chief Executive Officers (CEO) Breakfast held yesterday (June 22) at the Hilton Kingston. ACP Green was the guest speaker at the event.

The ACP noted that although the JCF works closely with US authorities to try and fight gun trafficking, the process is difficult, as in some American states, persons can walk into a store and buy up to 10 firearms, without any identification, or security check.
He noted, however, that he was delighted that the Diaspora in the US is “taking the fight to the US Government around gun control and the problems that guns cause in Jamaica and other countries.”
President of the JEF, Wayne Chen, in his remarks, urged civil society to embrace the JCF and to assist with its efforts to address crime.
“We cannot stand by as civil society, as disinterested or uninterested bystanders. We cannot continue, as many of us have done in recent years, to treat the JCF as an ugly step child….we need to re-engage the JCF into the wider family of Jamaican society. We need to embrace the JCF and give it whatever assistance, we can provide,” he said.