Cops arrest Sultan Kudarat man for keeping ammunition at home

February 9, 2013 9:43 am 

ISULAN, Sultan Kudarat, Feb. 8 –- A man was arrested Thursday for keeping a cache of ammunition for high powered firearms in his home in Esperanza town, police said.

Joint forces of the Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato police office raided the house of Oscar Rico in Barangay Malipayon, Poblacion, Sultan Kudarat at 5 a.m. Friday.

The raiding team was armed with a search warrant issued by Judge Vizpocious Ramos Jr, acting judge of 3rd Municipal Circuit Trial Court that covers the towns of Bagumbayan, Esperanza and Sen. Ninoy Aquino, all in Sultan Kudarat.

Police recovered nine ammunition for cal. 50 machine gun, 2 bullets for Carbine rifle, three empty shells of cal. 50 machinegun, ammunition for M-79 grenade launchyer and a magazine for Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR).

The raiding team also seized a sachet of methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” from Rico’s house.

Asked by raiding team why he was keeping ammunition, Rico refused to issue statements.Police would not say whether Rico was a retired soldier or policeman.

He is now detained at Sultan Kudarat police provincial office and charges of violation of election gun ban are being readied against him. (PNA)

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