The 51-year-old businessman accused of being the mastermind of an attempt to smuggle 21 guns into Jamaica in March this year has been charged by the police.
Godfrey Martin otherwise known as ‘Rev’ has been charged with Conspiracy to Illegally Import Firearm and Conspiracy to Illegally Import Ammunition.
The announcement was made on the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s social media sites moments ago.
The businessman, from Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth, was arrested in Ocho Rios, St. Ann on Sunday, August 7 by detectives assigned to the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch, C-TOC.
He was reportedly nabbed at a popular party following months of intense investigations. The investigation featured several lines of enquiry, according to the police.
Significant cyberforensic evidence, including audio, obtained by the JCF reportedly point to his alleged involvement in the crimes.
The alleged gun smuggler has reportedly hired attorneys Pierre Rogers and Everton Dewar. He’s to appear in the Gun Court on September 16.
In a statement to the media the JCF described Martin being charged as a major dent in the illegal firearm trade. The police describe him as the mastermind behind the attempted smuggling of 21 illegal guns into Jamaica on March 4 this year.
Eighteen hand guns, three rifles and more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition were seized at a warehouse in West Kingston.