A BRAZILIAN national who buys and sells yachts was arrested by police after he was sighted armed in Barangay Dungo-an, Danao City, Cebu last Monday.
When police frisked Delcon Tamayose, 46, they found a .22 Black Widow revolver with five live bullets, an AR 15 with 10 live bullets and three rifle grenades in his possession.
They also seized from Tamayose a pack of white crystalline substance believed to be shabu, two ampules of Nubain and five syringes.
Senior Supt. Noel Gillamac, Cebu Provincial Police Office director, said this is the first time in many years that they’ve caught a foreigner carrying weapons.
“It’s very dangerous because it might be used in terrorism,” he told reporters.
Tamayose, who hails from Baihia, Brazil, was on his way home in Barangay Dungo-an on board his motorcycle when police received a tip about an armed person.
A team from the Danao City Police Station led by PO3 Phil Restauro flagged down Tamayose past 3 p.m., which led to his arrest.
Gillamac said they will coordinate with Bureau of Immigration 7 and Interpol to check Tamayose’s background to see if he’s part of an organized international crime group.
Apart from the firearms, explosives and drugs, four kinds of stamps were also seized from Tamayose, which the suspect used so he could overstay in the country.
Gillamac said they will tap the help of the Philippine Coast Guard and the Maritime Industry Authority 7 to check dry docks in Danao City and Liloan.
“We are inviting foreigners in our country. But some of them might be engaged in illegal activities,” the police official said.
Tamayose will be charged with illegal possession of firearms, explosives, drugs and with violating the gun ban.
Tamayose, when interviewed by reporters, denied being part of a crime group and owning some of the contraband.
He said he only bought Nubain ampules from a man when police flagged him.
The bag where the explosives and firearms were found was owned by the drug dealer, he said.
“I’m an addict. I admit,” Tamayose said.
He said he has been living in Danao City in an old yacht with his live-in Filipina partner for the last three years.
He arrived in the country in March 2011 and first went to Puerto Galera, Mindoro.
He admitted using the stamps to extend his stay after his passport expired, while he rebuilt his boat.
“Trouble can happen to anybody,” he said.
Tamayose said he buys old yachts in Japan and rebuilds these. He sells these in countries, such as Fiji, where the yachts can fetch a good price.