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JDF coastguard among three arrested in separate gun finds

Thursday, October 18, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The police are reporting that one man was killed, while a member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coastguard and two other men were arrested in a series of gun seizures in St Andrew and St Catherine within a 24-hour period.

According to the constabulary's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), the JDF soldier was accosted and searched shortly after 1:00 am today by a team of police officers which was patrolling Oliver Road in Rockfort, Kingston 2.

The lawmen said a 9mm Browning pistol with a magazine containing 13 rounds of ammunition was taken from the soldier. He was arrested and charged, however the police said his identity is being withheld at this time.

Meanwhile yesterday's seizures began at 5:00 am with a police operation in Ten Miles, Bull Bay, St Thomas, where one Piertro Berretta .380 pistol and eight .380 rounds of ammunition were found during the search of a premises.

Ricardo Francis, a 42-year-old mechanic, was arrested in connection with that seizure. He is scheduled to appear in the Corporate Area Gun Court on Thursday, October 25.

CCU also reported that about 7:30 am, members of the security forces working in the state of public emergency (SOE) in St Andrew searched an unoccupied house in the area and found one Glock pistol with a magazine containing five rounds of ammunition.

The weapon was reportedly hidden in a clothes basket. No arrest was made in connection with that find.

Later that morning, police in St Catherine reportedly seized one 9mm pistol with two rounds of ammunition following a confrontation with a gunman on the Ackles Hill main road in Kitson Town.
The alleged gunman, who was fatally shot during the incident, has been identified as 35-year-old Garth Thomas.

CCU said the Inspectorate of Constabulary (IOC) and the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) are investigating.

The final seizure for the day took place during another operation in St Catherine about 5:30 pm.

The lawmen reported that 27-year-old Ricardo Linton was accosted on Big Lane in Central Village and a Berretta Nano pistol with nine rounds of ammunition was allegedly taken from him.

Linton was subsequently charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition. His court date will be announced later.

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