JDF Soldier Held with Illegal Firearm in Montego Bay

Jamaica Crime News, Montego Bay: A Jamaica Defence Force soldier was arrested and charged  by the Freeport Police in Montego Bay, St James, after he was caught in possession of an illegal firearm and several rounds of ammunition on Thursday morning, September 1.

Facing charges of Illegal Possession of Firearm and Ammunition is 24-year-old Private Jhoneil Blidgen of a Manchester address and who is assigned to the Burke Barracks in Flankers, St James.

Two other men who were traveling in the vehicle with the accused soldier, were also taken into custody and are presently being questioned.

Reports by the Freeport police are that about 1:45 a.m. on Thursday, a team of officers were carrying out routine patrols in downtown Montego Bay, when they saw a Toyota corolla motor car with three men on board travelling along Humber Avenue.

They signaled the driver of the vehicle to stop and he complied.

A search was carried out of the vehicle and the three occupant, which led to the discovery of a Black Springfield, Smith and Wesson 9mm pistol, fitted with a magazine containing 12 live rounds, which was taken from the front section of his waist band.

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