JOINT operatives of the Northern Police District (NPD) and Makati City police busted a big-time gunrunning syndicate following the arrest of a Chinese national and his Filipino cohort in a firearm buy-bust operation Saturday afternoon in Makati City.
NPD Director P/BGen. Jose Santiago Hidalgo, Jr. identified the arrested suspects as Huang Sia, alias Jason Lee, 30, with given address at 9089 B. Banoyo St. Brgy. San Antonio Makati City and Raffy Ballera, 29 of 149 Villaruel St. Brgy. 24, Pasay City.
The arrest stemmed from information gathered by District Special Operation Unit (DSOU) chief P/Lt. Col. Jay Dimaandal regarding the suspect’s alleged illegal selling of high powered firearms in the metropolis and nearby provinces utilizing Makati City as their center of operation.
At around 4:10 p.m., four teams of operatives from DSOU and District Drug Enforcement Unit (DDEU) led by P/Maj. Amor Cerillo, in coordination with Makati City Poblacion Police Sub-Station, conducted buy-bust operation, utilizing P/SSgt. Angelito Gagarin as poseur-buyer with P/SSgt. Emmanuel Carpio and P/MSgt. Eleazar Lazaro as back-up at the parking area along San Agustin St., Salcedo Village, Brgy. Bel-Air.
When the suspect handed a long firearm to a police poseur-buyer in exchange for P3,000 marked money, policemen immediately pounced on them.
Seized from the suspects were four long firearms with marking Spikes Tactical Apopka FL USA worth ₱100,000, a cigarette case containing cocaine less than 1 gram in weight and amounting to ₱5,000, one transparent plastic bottle containing shabu weighing more or less three grams with estimated amount of ₱20,400 and the P3,000 marked money.
“Binabati ko ang matagumpay na operayon ng pinagsanib na pwersa ng NPD DSOU at ng Makati Police. Sa pagtutulungan ng ibat ibang unit ng pulisya, ang paghuli sa mga gumagawa ng illegal ay mas lalong napaiigting.” Southern Police District (SPD) Director P/BGen. Jimili Macaraeg said.
The suspects were brought to the office of NPD-DSOU for filing of appropriate charges for Violation of RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition Act and RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002.