13 gangsters held

13 gangsters held

AVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — Thirteen suspected gangsters were among the near 100 individuals taken into custody yesterday as the security forces responded with a show of strength to an escalating conflict between two criminal groups that climaxed in a bloodbath in this parish Tuesday.

At the same time, Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson told journalists that one of five persons of interest named in connection with the deadly mayhem unleashed by gunmen in Grange Hill on Tuesday has turned himself in to the authorities.

Seven people, including two children, were shot dead, and 12 others were injured in Tuesday night’s rampage which, added to a bloody conflict between the Dester Street and Dallin Street gangs in Savanna-la-Mar, has left families in mourning and placed heavy demands on emergency medical services at Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital.

Yesterday, head of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey, revealed that the 13 suspected Dester Street gangsters will be taken to Kingston for further processing.

Bailey said that the Dester Street and the Dallin Street gangs are responsible for several murders, shootings and other criminal activities.

Meanwhile, General Anderson advised the other persons of interest to surrender to the authorities.

“I would encourage the persons on the list to turn themselves in by six o’clock this (yesterday) evening,” he said at a news conference at Montego Bay Convention Centre, adding that after the deadline expires the security forces will conduct operations to find those who haven’t turned themselves in.


May 4th, 2018

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