Three arrested and charged in firearms seizures
Three men were arrested and charged in relation to the seizure of two firearms and nineteen rounds ammunition across three police divisions on Friday.
The first incident occurred in the St Catherine North division about 1:30 p.m., when members of the Spanish Town Police responded to loud explosions in the Hartland area.
The team saw a Toyota Probox motor car and signalled the driver to stop. The driver, along with the vehicle, was searched and a knapsack he was carrying was searched. Six 9 mm cartridges were found.
His identity is being withheld pending further investigations.
The second seizure occurred about 10 p.m., in the St Catherine South Police Division where members of the Bridgeport Police carried out a snap raid at a bar.
A man identified as Alton McKenzie, otherwise called ‘Tony’, 57-year-old painter of Westmeade, Portmore, was searched. One Glock pistol with a magazine loaded with eight 9 mm rounds was taken from him.
He was arrested and charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition and is scheduled to appear before the Gun Court on Tuesday, September 11.
The third seizure happened in the St Andrew South Police Division along Pelican Parade, Kingston 11 where a team of officers assigned to the Hunts Bay Police conducted an operation at a party that was being held at the location about 11:30 p.m.
One Taurus 9 mm pistol with five live cartridges was seized. Thirty-two-year-old Otis Billet, conductor of Woodpecker Avenue, Kingston 11 was taken into custody in relation to the seizure.
His court date will be announced at a later date.