Cebu cop, 2 cohorts held for illegal gun trafficking

February 27, 2019

AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group late evening Tuesday arrested in a buy-bust operation a Cebu City policeman and his two civilian cohorts said to be involved in illegal weapons’ trafficking, a report to PNP-CIDG chief, Director Amador V. Corpus said yesterday.

The 7th Regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit identified the suspects arrested in front of the Diplomat Hotel in Cebu City as Police Officer 1 Oliver Navarro , assigned with the Mobile Patrol Group of the Cebu City Police Office and civilians Agustin Nautan , a resident of Mandaue City and Dennis Escaran, of Sambag, Cebu City.

Members of the CIDG Region 7 led by Chief Inspector Lirio Coral arrested the suspects after PO1 Navarro and Nautan sold a caliber .45 Norinco pistol with serial no. BA 30324-10-246 to an undercover officer for P25,000.

During investigation, PO1 Navarro claimed that the pistol was loaned to him by one PO1 Redzon Baguion of the Cebu City Police Station 2. The cop said that Baguion later asked him to sell the weapon.

Coral said that Nautan and Escaran also yielded one cal. .45 magazine, one cal. .22 revolver with serial no. 27041, four live cal .22 ammunition, one cal. .38 revolver with serial no. 793618, three cal. .38 bullets and 25 marked P1,000 bills.

All three suspects were taken to the CIDG Region 7 office for booking and filing of criminal charges for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 and the Omnibus Election Code.

Police Regional Office 7 director, Chief Superintendent Debold M. Sinas said he has ordered the Cebu City police to locate PO2 Baguion for questioning regarding the claim of Navarro.

Sinas said that administrative cases for grave misconduct will be filed against the two policemen.