A Jamaican man believed to be a major supplier of guns and ammunition to the local criminal underworld was reportedly killed during a confrontation with police in Haiti yesterday, local law enforcement officials have revealed.
Top local investigators say he is known as ‘Mention’ and was part of a gang that operated in the Old Harbour Bay area before he fled to Haiti to run a lucrative guns-for-drugs syndicate.
The Gleaner-Power106 News Centre also understands that several Jamaican men were taken into custody during the incident.
They are also believed to be from the Old Harbour Bay area and major players in the guns-for-drug trade.
“We believe they are from the Old Harbour Bay area but have been resident in Haiti for some time. And we know them to be major suppliers of guns and ammunition to the criminal underworld in Jamaica,” the official said on condition of anonymity.
The incident comes days after Haitian Police, with assistance from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), seized 13 illegal firearms, assorted ammunition and 2,500 pounds of ganja.
It also comes days before Deputy Commissioner of Police Glenmore Hinds is scheduled to lead a JCF delegation to Haiti for consultation with the Haitian Police on measures to tackle the guns-for-drug trade.