The Jamaican police plan to seek the assistance of their counterparts in the United States (US) to help identify the persons behind the cache of guns and over 600 assorted rounds of ammunition that were seized at the wharf in Kingston on Wednesday, law enforcement sources have revealed.
In addition, the police, through its Constabulary Communication Unit (CCU), confirmed that 16 more guns that investigators believe are linked to the same shipment were seized in a secondary operation yesterday.
The CCU said that all 16 weapons are 9mm pistols and push the total number of guns seized to 26. Sixteen magazines and a single bullet were also seized in the operation, which was carried out at a container terminal in Kingston.
According to sources, Wednesday’s find of 10 firearms, 640 rounds of ammunition, and 26 magazines was stashed in a barrel with food items and bearing an address in the US state of Georgia. It was reportedly addressed to a man in Mona, St Andrew.
Yesterday, law enforcement sources revealed that through established channels, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) plans to engage the assistance of the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to trace the history of the weapons, among other things.