US Probes More People In Jamaica Gun Running

More people, including Jamaicans, could be hauled before the US courts over alleged trafficking of guns to this Caribbean island.

Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington has revealed that American authorities are working with local law enforcement officials, following gun seizures in operations carried out by members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) since last month. A total of 87 illegal guns and over 14,000 rounds of ammunition have been recovered since May 24th when the first incursion began in attempts to take in wanted man Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, and regain control of the Tivoli Gardens community from gunmen who barricaded the area and kept lawmen at bay.

Commissioner Ellington told a recent Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) Chairman’s Club Forum that the security forces were sharing particulars of all the guns recovered in the local operations with the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arm of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

“They are proceeding to build cases for arresting more persons for trafficking in arms to Jamaica,” he said. “It’s likely that we will get arrests in the USA…(and) it’s likely that more persons may be asked to come to the USA and face trial for importation of guns. So we are working on all those matters.”

The police chief said that stemming the flow of guns and ammunition into Jamaica is an “ongoing effort” which entails, among other things, collaboration with international partners.



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