Close  
  • share this

Customs men find pistols in boxes for water heaters

/ 12:38 AM May 17, 2017
Customs officials on Tuesday show the two pistols found in packages bound for Vietnam and Hong Kong.—MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

Customs officials on Tuesday show the two pistols found in packages bound for Vietnam and Hong Kong.—MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

Customs officials have arrested a man for inquiring about two packages supposedly containing electric water heaters but were found to have concealed handguns as well.

Alfonso Sanchez, 21, a resident of Caloocan City, was charged with violating the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act as well as the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.

ADVERTISEMENT

Sanchez was later released after posting bail.

Outbound packages

According to Bureau of Customs-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (BOC-Naia) x-ray inspection project chief Jaybee Cometa, two brand-new pistols—a cal. .45 and a 9mm—were detected on May 10 inside two outbound packages stored at the Thomas Nationwide Transportation warehouse in Pasay City.

FEATURED STORIES

At a press conference on Tuesday, Cometa said the packages contained electric water heaters and were consigned to a Christopher Yeung in Hong Kong and a certain Lau in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

The pistols were discovered when the packages went through an x-ray machine after Sanchez inquired about their status, Cometa said.

Sanchez was placed under arrest when he failed to produce the Philippine National Police documents required for transporting firearms.

Cometa said Sanchez claimed he was instructed to inquire about the packages.

Although he denied knowledge of the firearms, he was charged with gun smuggling in the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office.

ADVERTISEMENT
Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Customs, electric water heaters, pistols
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.



© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.