(CMR) Jamaica's Opposition People's National Party (PNP) has confirmed reports that the woman listed as the intended recipient of a large shipment of guns and ammunition seized by US law enforcement was formerly employed by one of it's councillors in St. James.
According to other press releases from the US authorities the consignee was Monique HASTINGS, telephone number 0018764305161. In a release late last night to Jamaican media, the PNP said the woman was employed to Councillor of the Granville Division Michael Troupe, but left his employment three months ago.
The PNP didn't say whether the woman is a member of the party.
Meanwhile, it urged both local and US law enforcement agencies to swiftly determine the veracity and culpability of individuals involved in the large shipment of illegal weapons that were destined for Montego Bay, where there has been a dramatic increase in killings since the start of the year.
The news of the arsenal has taken both Jamaicans and others in the region by surprise.
On Wednesday, the Jamaica Constabulary Force reported that US law enforcement seized 119 firearms and 267 assorted rounds of ammunition during a search of containers at the Miami International Airport in Florida on November 13.
Among the weapons were four high-powered rifles and 115 pistols.