US-Philippine police seize 25 hot cars, 18 bikes-A A +A
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
CAGAYAN DE ORO -- Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Wednesday seized 25 luxury cars and 15 motorbikes in separate raids here and in Bukidnon.
The joint operation by the United States and Philippine security forces also yielded a shotgun and assorted ammunition.
NBI Northern Mindanao Director Jose Justo Yap said three of the 25 confiscated imported cars and 15 motorbikes have allegedly been carnapped and surreptitiously shipped to the Philippines from Houston, Texas, USA.
Yap identified the person behind the illegal importation of motor vehicles as a certain Lynard Allan Bigcas, a Filipino businessman who is allegedly in resident status in Houston. Bigcas is reportedly a biker and bike trader himself.
The NBI regional director said that although they only have a search warrant for alleged illegal possession of firearms, they have included the luxury vehicles and motorbikes in the investigation.
Judge Jose U. Yamot Sr. of Cagayan de Oro Regional Trial Court branch 11 issued the search warrant against Bigcas.
He said the four racing dirt bikes, a big bike, three ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) Ranger, Tahoe and Corvette Cars, and three Mitsubishi cars were taken from a warehouse in the municipality of Talakag, which is about 150 meters from the Municipal Police Station.
Thirteen other big bikes and a Toyota SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) were confiscated from a house, which is believed to be rented by Bigcas in Sitio Pasil, Barangay Kauswagan in Cagayan de Oro.
FBI and NBI operatives, together with the Misamis Oriental Provincial Police Office, were assisted by the relatives of the suspect who was not around either in Talakag, Bukidnon or in Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro during the raids Wednesday afternoon.
The NBI official said it was the police of Houston, Texas who requested assistance from the FBI. The NBI then coordinated with the NBI Central Office so that a joint operation could be conducted.
Yap said they have yet to determine the total value of the confiscated luxury cars and motorbikes and would conduct a thorough investigation of the case. (Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro/Sunnex)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 05, 2011.