Cop arrested in gun smuggle try

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/26 December) – A policeman was arrested Wednesday while allegedly trying to smuggle high-powered firearms and gun parts in Basilan province.

Supt. Albert Larubis, Isabela City police chief, identified the arrested policeman as Police Officer 1 Pendatun Mohammad, who is assigned in Sumisip, Basilan.

Larubis said Mohammad was arrested by combined police and coast guard personnel around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday as he was about to disembark from a roll-on roll-off vessel at the wharf of Isabela City, Basilan.

Larubis said Mohammad was arrested following receipt of information that a sports utility vehicle loaded with guns boarded a ferry from this city en route to Basilan via Isabela City.

Larubis said Mohammad admitted that he was bringing high-powered firearms when they confronted him after conducting verification and paneling backed by a bomb-sniffing dog aboard the ferry.

The police official said they confiscated from Mohammad’s vehicle three AR-15 caliber 5.56 (Baby Armalite), two upper receivers of M-16 Armalite rifle and 25 pieces of long alloy M-16 magazines.

He said charges will be filed against Mohammad. (MindaNews)