KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday May 31, 2010 – The search for illegal weapons in West Kingston which was the scene of a battle between gunmen and security forces in Tivoli Gardens last week has turned up 36 firearms and over 9,000 rounds of ammunition so far.
Hand grenades, dynamite, ballistic helmets and protective vests have also been seized.
Up to last Friday evening, 22 guns and about 7,000 rounds of assorted ammunition were recovered by the joint police/military team, but more surfaced over the weekend.
The ammunition found – 9,241 rounds in total – included bullets used in SLRs, AK47s and M16s.
“Now that we are able to conduct more indulgent searches in there, we have been coming up with weapons and ammunitions,” said Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington who revealed the discoveries.
He said that members of the security forces have been instructed to treat citizens with respect as they continue their searches.
“We have made it clear to them that our success in this mission can only be assured by professionalism in the performance of our members,” the top cop said.