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14 held, arms cache, drugs seized in Laguna raids

  • Written by Gil Aman
  • Published in Provincial
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AT least 16 assorted short firearms, six assorted long firearms and a highly-explosive hand grenade
were seized while 14 suspects were arrested by operatives of Laguna Provincial Intelligence Branch
(PIB) and the Laguna Police Office from November 9 to 19, 2017, police reported yesterday.

The 22 confiscated loose firearms include a 12-gauge shotgun, rifles and cal. .45, cal. .44
magnum, cal. .38 and 9mm pistols and 13 assorted magazines, 169 assorted ammunition, empty cartridges
and holsters for the firearms.
    
 The campaign against loose firearms was conducted based on the directive of the Regional
Intelligence Division, PRO-Calabarzon to hunt owners of unregistered firearms, obliterated or altered
firearms, firearms which have been lost or stolen, illegally manufactured firearms, registered
firearms in the possession of an individual other than the licensee and those with revoked licenses in
accordance with the rules and regulations.
    
During the implementation of a search warrant in San Pablo City that resulted in an armed
encounter against one Ryan de Guzman, a notorious member of the PAZ gun-for-hire and gunrunning group,
other pieces of evidence were recovered by the SOCO during the processing of the crime scene,
including 14 heat-sealed plastic sachest containing suspected white crystalline substance or shabu, a
small zip-lock plastic containing alleged marijuana and assorted drug paraphernalia.
    
Laguna police director Senior Supt. Cecilio Ison Jr. recognized the efforts and support from
the constituents of the province in giving the police information and providing reports about owners
of loose or unrenewed firearms licenses.
    
Ison said, “This is part of the PNP’s preparation for the upcoming Yuletide Season where crime
volume may increase.”
    
The Laguna PPO has also intensified the conduct of “Oplan Katok” to persuade loose firearms
owners to surrender them before they are arrested.