(JAMAICA GLEANER) — The shipment of guns intercepted at the wharf this week was destined for a reputed gangster based in St Catherine, a top law enforcement official has revealed.
“He is well-known to the police,” the official told The Gleaner.
However, while confirming that the package containing the guns and ammunition was addressed to the reputed gangster, the official said wary detectives are conducting a thorough investigation.
“These guys don’t normally have these things shipped in their names,” the official said, explaining why investigators are treading carefully.
A total of 20 illegal guns and nearly 800 assorted rounds of ammunition were found in a container at the wharf on Tuesday during a joint operation between the police and the Customs Enforcement Team of the Jamaica Customs Agency.
The weapons include four rifles, one sub-machine, nine pistols and six revolvers, which investigators believe was shipped from the United States.
The find comes nearly four months after 26 illegal guns, 10 in the first instance and 16 in a subsequent search, were found at the wharf.
The police say 641 assorted rounds of ammunition; multiple magazines and a silencer were seized in that operation.
Four men were later arrested and charged in connection with the find.