GENERAL TINIO, Nueva Ecija — A 42-year-old farmer driving an SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) was nabbed after authorities found a cal. 45-designed airsoft pistol and a bolo at the vehicle’s passenger seat during a routine inspection at a Commission on Elections checkpoint here on Saturday.
A subsequent inspection also resulted in the seizure from the suspect of three plastic sachets weighing 4.4 grams with a street value of P30,000 and some drug paraphernalia.
In his report to Nueva Ecija police officer-in-charge Col. Jess B. Mendez, acting police head Captain Ronan James C. Eblahan identified the arrested suspect as Lino Castro, of Bgy. Poblacion Central.
Investigation showed the suspect, who was driving a brown Mitsubishi Montero SUV (CAG-3881), was accosted while joint elements of the local police and the 1st provincial mobile force company were conducting checkpoint operations in Bgy. Concepcion at 7:30 a.m. here.
Eblahan said the SUV was flagged down and during a routine inspection, authorities saw from the vehicle’s passenger seat an airsoft pistol designed as a cal. 45 and a bolo.
The confiscated pieces of evidence were brought to the Nueva Ecija provincial crime laboratory for examination in Cabanatuan City while the suspect was placed behind bars facing separate charges for violation of the Omnibus Election Code (gun ban) and Republic Act 9165 before the provincial prosecutor’s office.