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Alleged gun smuggler held at party

A man described as the mastermind behind the illegal importation of 21 guns into the island in March was arrested in Ocho Rios, St Ann, yesterday.

The man, whose identity is being withheld pending formal charges being laid, was arrested by personnel from the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime (C-TOC) Investigations Branch at a party in the parish.

Detectives said 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 C-TOC.