Police arrest Danao firearm dealer

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Sunday, January 29, 2012


THE alleged leader of a gun-running group in Danao City, Cebu fell into the law enforcers’ hands last Friday afternoon, after operating for almost a decade.

Operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Central Visayas arrested Marcelo Durano, 45, inside his house on Durano St., Barangay Tupas, Danao City.

His arrest stemmed from a search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 28 Executive Judge Marilyn Lagura-Yap, said CIDG 7 Chief Jose Pante.

The warrant was issued last Jan. 26. Durano faces a case for illegal possession of firearms, which violates Republic Act (RA) 8294.

Confiscated from Durano’s possession were three high-powered KG-9 machine pistols, two Ingram pistols, three .45 pistols, and a 9mm pistol.

Arsenal

About 300 rounds of live ammunition for a .357 were also recovered, along with 105 rounds of live ammunitions for a 9mm, 12 rounds for a shotgun, and 10 rounds of live ammunition for a .32.

Law enforcers also retrieved five magazines each for the KG-9 and Ingram and 15 magazines each for the .45 and 9mm.

Insp. Delfin Bontuyan of CIDG 7 told Sun.Star Cebu the raid was conducted at 1 a.m. in the city’s proper area.

A disguised member of the police team made sure the suspect was at home and pretended to be interested in some guns.

Bontuyan said they stormed the suspect’s house after getting the signal and served the warrant.

Went quietly

“He didn’t’ resist arrest. His wife and children were inside the house,” the police inspector revealed.

Durano allegedly leads the “Marsing Group” operating in the city.

His alleged cohorts, identified as Arnel Manto, Cesar Calo, Bebot Amora and a certain Dalot and Johnny, remain at large.

An informant tipped the law enforcers about the suspect’s illegal activity and the police placed Durano under surveillance for two weeks.

Bontuyan said that Durano buys finished firearms and sells these to patrons, instead of making the guns himself.

“Mao ni kakuyaw kay bisan kinsa lang ang makapalit nila (The danger here is that practically anyone can buy a gun). This is why there are so many cases of loose firearms,” he added.

Durano, in an interview, admitted he sells the firearms because he has no job. He refused to comment further.

The previous confiscation of loose firearms and arrest of wanted persons by the CIDG 7 has made the agency the best regional office nationwide for 2011.

The CIDG 7 conducted several raids in Danao City last year, where it seized hundreds of loose firearms from illegal gun manufacturers.

The unit was also responsible for the raid on an unlicensed gunmaker’s facility last June 2011 that led to the arrest of 16 workers.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 29, 2012.

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