Controversial St Thomas figure, Rameish Simpson, was taken into police custody on Thursday on gun and ammunition charges.
Simpson and a relative of his were arrested following high drama in the parish on Thursday morning.
Police report that at around 10:30 am on Thursday, lawmen patrolling along the Grants Pen main road in the parish, signalled the driver of a Mitsubishi Pajero motor vehicle to stop. The instruction was reportedly not complied with, and the vehicle was driven onto Fish House Lane in the community.
During a chase by the police, the motor vehicle was reportedly driven about 300 metres into the sea. Simpson and an unidentified male, who was said to be his cousin, were apprehended.
Members of the Marine Police and the Coast Guard assisted the patrol team to remove the vehicle from the sea. A search of the vehicle reportedly resulted in the seizure of an Uzi semi-automatic rifle and 16 rounds of 9mm ammunition.
Simpson, popularly known as ‘Rick’, and his co-accused, are expected to be questioned on Friday in respect of the alleged gun find.
Simpson came to prominence in 2009 when he was transported to hospital by West St Thomas Member of Parliament (MP) and Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) deputy leader, James Robertson, after being shot and injured by the police.
Simpson was freed of gun-related charges in relation to that encounter with the police, and in 2011, was again freed of gun and ammunition charges after a witness failed to show up in court in connection with a murder-for-hire probe that led to him being taken into police custody.
He was also freed of a carnal abuse charge in 2011.