Three firearms and several rounds of ammunition were seized by the police in the wee hours of the start of the new year. The firearms were seized in separate incidents as lawmen continue intensified operations across the island, the Jamaica Constabulary Force said in a release Friday morning.

Police report that in the first incident, about 12:01 am, a homemade shotgun with five rounds of ammunition was seized on Casino Drive in Naggo Head, St Catherine. The police were reportedly on duty in the area when a man ran on seeing them, and dropped the firearm as he fled.

Minutes later, about 12:15 am in Glendevon, St James, three persons – including teenaged boy –were apprehended following the seizure of a .45 pistol and seven rounds of ammunition. Reports from the Montego Hills Police are that a group of persons ran as lawmen approached. The cops subsequently apprehended three of them and seized the weapon. Their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.

In the third incident, a semi-automatic submachine gun was seized about 12:40 am, during a joint police/military operation in Dempshire Pen, St Catherine. Members of the security forces were on operation when a premises was searched and the firearm found among debris. No arrest was made.

The police are repeating their appeal to citizens to report illegal weapons and criminal activities to their nearest police station or via Crime Stop at 311.