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A man described as the mastermind behind the illegal importation of 21 guns into the island in March of this year was arrested in Ocho Rios, St. Ann on Sunday, August 7.
The man, whose identity is being withheld pending formal charges being laid, was arrested by personnel from the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigations Branch at a party in the parish.
It’s understood that the suspect who is a license firearm holder was deported to Jamaica in 2009 after serving time in the US on drug trafficking charged.
Detectives say the man has been on their radar for some time and his arrest follows months of investigations that featured several lines of enquiry. Eighteen handguns, three rifles and a large cache of ammunition were seized by the police at a warehouse in Kingston on March 4.
The find was made when personnel from Jamaica Customs noticed anomalies with a package and called in the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigations Branch (C-TOC).