JDF soldiers in custody after shootout with cops ‘over illegal drugs’

Two Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) corporals are now in custody at the Lacovia Police Station in St Elizabeth after a running gun battle Tuesday night when they were allegedly intercepted transporting more than 2,000 pounds of ganja.

A JDF service vehicle was riddled with bullets and its rear windshield shattered in the incident, which was confirmed by Senior Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, head of the Constabulary Communication Unit.

“Two corporals are now in custody and will be questioned at some point. The JDF service vehicle and a JCF vehicle were damaged during the incident,” Lindsay told Loop News.


The soldiers were allegedly intercepted transporting more than 2,000 pounds of ganja, some of which is purportedly pictured here.

The soldiers were held in Gutters near the St Elizabeth-Manchester border.

It is understood that around 9pm, narcotics police, acting on a tip, signalled a JDF minibus to stop, however, the occupants disobeyed and instead opened fire at the police.

A shootout ensued during which the JDF service vehicle was damaged.

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