The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is crediting its close collaboration with the Customs Department for the seizure of 12 guns and 730 assorted rounds of ammunition at Port Bustamante in Kingston on Monday (January 11).
The cache of illegal weapons and ammunition was discovered hidden in cargo declared to contain two barrels, a compressor and power washer. An X-ray conducted on the cargo revealed inconsistencies, which led to it being detained and taken to the Contraband Enforcement Team (CET) office, where the weapons were uncovered.
Inspector Steve Brown of the Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division (TCND) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) told JIS News today (Jan.12) that the police are working closely with Customs officials even as criminals become more creative in their efforts to conceal contraband.
Some of the unassembled guns seized by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Customs Department at Port Bustamante in Kingston on Monday (January 11). The discovery was the first major weapons finds at the country’s ports since the start of the year and yielded 12 guns and 730 assorted rounds of ammunition.
“The criminals are becoming more sophisticated in the concealment of weapons coming into the island and that’s why the Customs Department in particular and the police have to design ways and means to get on top of them,” he stated.
Monday’s discovery was the first major weapons find at the wharf since the start of the year. The stash included eight pistols and four high powered firearms including two AK 47 rifles and two sub-machine guns. Inspector Brown said some of the guns were affixed with telescopic lens designed for sniper activity.
“Two women in Portmore have been arrested and a man, also, who works at Port Bustamante have been arrested in connection with the seizure and we continue investigations,” Inspector Brown told JIS News.
Weapons seized by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Customs Department at Port Bustamante in Kingston on Monday (January 11) are displayed on a table. The discovery was the first major weapons finds at the country’s ports since the start of the year and yielded 12 guns and 730 assorted rounds of ammunition.
He said it is likely the three will be charged and that others will be arrested in connection to the weapons find.
He noted that the police will continue to work closely with the Customs Department to detect and seize illegal weapons and other contraband coming into or being exported from the island.
Acting Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington, in a statement from Washington DC USA, where he is on official business, heaped praise on the teams from JCF and Customs.
He noted that the force was not “satisfied with seizures alone but is determined to seek out and arrest those involved locally and overseas. I am also grateful for the kind co-operation of our external partners. Our ultimate objectives are to disrupt transnational organised crime by denying criminals access to weapons, securing their arrest and long term imprisonment along with forfeiture of their ill gotten assets,” the Acting Commissioner said.