Two high-powered weapons are among four guns and 89 assorted rounds of ammunition that were seized by the St Catherine North Police in Linstead in the parish, on Friday, May 13.
Seized are an M16 rifle along with two magazines containing 17 rounds and a 12-gauge shotgun along with five cartridges containing 28 rounds.
In addition, the police seized two semi-automatic pistols and 44 rounds of ammunition.
Head of the St Catherine North Police, Senior Superintended Howard Chambers, said shortly after midday, a joint police-military team was on patrol in Commodore district when a man was seen acting in a suspicious manner.
“Upon reaching a particular section of the community they saw a man behaving in a way that aroused the suspicion of the team. So, the team tried to accost this man, who ran off with a large duffle bag. As soon as the team was near to him, he dropped the bag and ran,” said SSP Chambers.
“We called in additional support to help canvas the area and help search for this man, but efforts were futile. However, upon searching the bag, we found four firearms…plus a blue baseball cap marked ‘police’,” said SSP Chambers.
SSP Chambers says the police will not relent in their efforts to bring normalcy into the division. He says the police have increased their presence in the Linstead sub-division. These include increased patrols and targeted raids.
SSP Chambers is calling on law-abiding citizens to continue to cooperate with the police.
“Whenever you see any strange persons operating in your community call the police let us check them out,” said SSP Chambers.
He says the police will not stop until criminal elements that operate in the sub-division are put behind bars.