654 rounds of ammo seized at Maguindanao checkpoint

654 rounds of ammo seized at Maguindanao checkpoint

PARANG, Maguindanao – Alert police officers manning a checkpoint have foiled an attempt by a suspected gunrunner to smuggle ammunition and arrested him for possession of 654 rounds of bullet for high-powered weapons, police here said Monday.

Maj. Christopher Cabugwang, municipal police chief, identified the suspect as Junel Amocay Jimenez of San Pedro, Pagadian City.

Cabugwang said Jimenez, who was driving a Toyota Hi-Lux vehicle, could not justify the legality of his possession of 654 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition when he passed by the checkpoint around 4 p.m. Sunday in Barangay Pinantao.

“The bullets can either be used for a .30-caliber machinegun or an M14 rifle,” the police official said.

Cabugwang said police at the checkpoint became suspicious when Jimenez appeared to be restless. When further checked, the bullets in metal links were found in his vehicle.

The suspect said the bullets were intended for a buyer in General Santos City.

Jimenez is currently detained at the Parang Municipal Police Station for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act. (PNA)

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