Ammunition-making machine, more than 3300 warheads seized at Kingston Wharves

A high-level probe is in progress following the seizure of an ammunition-making machine along with more than 3,000 warheads in a shipment at Berth Five, Kingston Wharves.

The equipment is also used to reload ammunition. It is the first seizure of its kind in Jamaica.

The items were found Thursday afternoon during an operation involving the police and personnel from Customs.

Deputy Superintendent Steve Brown, head of Constabulary Communication Network, said other items used to manufacture ammunition were also seized.

“We found everything that makes ammunition,” said DSP Brown. He declined to disclose the origin of the shipment and where it was destined.

Investigators are searching for a man from Manchester in connection with the seizure. They have also sought overseas assistance in the probe.

“We are at the moment searching for an individual named O’Neil Schrouder who we think can assist the police with their investigation. We will also be seeking the assistance of our overseas partners to help us with the investigation,” said DSP Brown. 

Detectives from the Organized Crime Investigation Division (OCID) are asking Mr. Schrouder to report to them by midday Friday.

Increased vigilance

And, Major Richard Reese, head of Jamaica Customs, said increased vigilance by personnel at the Department has resulted in more contraband being detected at the island's ports.

He explained that there has been enhanced air and ground surveillance at the ports, as a result of which
“we have been seeing a lot of detections; you note the recent narcotics find, and we have firearm finds at the Central Sorting Office, so it shows that the vigilance is paying off."

In addition, he said Customs had made a number of currency seizures, "so we continue to implore our officers to be vigilant and we continue to approach our work in terms of a team - both the Jamaica Constabulary and Customs.”

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