Interpol in Ja gun probe

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaican police are seeking the assistance of international policing organisation, Interpol, to determine how a gun, believed to be the property of the Haitian police force, got into the hands of local criminals.

The gun was seized on the weekend in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, reportedly during a shoot-out.

“We want to know how this gun reached our shores,” said Assistant Commissioner Glenmore Hinds, head of Operation Kingfish.

With the assistance of Interpol, senior members of Operation Kingfish are now trying to locate the Haitian police officer to whom the gun seized on weekend was issued.

“We want to know the story about this gun,” emphasised ACP Hinds.

According to the St. Catherine north police, the Haitian revolver was seized on the weekend, following an alleged shoot-out with an unidentified man on St. John’s Road. It has been reported that the man was returning from the funeral of a so-called ‘Don’, who was killed by the police in Seaview Gardens, two weeks ago.

Just last week, a raid by Operation Kingfish netted four illegal handguns, which the lawmen believe had just arrived from Haiti. Eleven persons, including three Haitians and a Honduran, were taken into custody.

Those guns are now being tested by local ballistic experts, but further investigations will be done through the assistance of the United States Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearm.

ACP Hinds believes that a significant number of the handguns that reach Jamaican shores are coming from Haiti. As a result, senior investigators are probing a number of business interests, which they believe are financing the guns-for-drugs trips to Haiti.