MANILA: Two suspected gunrunners were nabbed in an entrapment operation mounted by the police in Pasay city over the weekend.
The duo, aged 29 and 32, were apprehended when they tried selling a handgun to a policeman who posed as a buyer on Saturday, Philstar.com reported.
Both suspects are believed to be members of a crime ring, involved in various illegal activities including gunrunning, in southern Metro Manila according to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).
In the operation, the duo was arrested under the supervision of CIDG director Brig. Gen. Ronald Lee along Roxas Boulevard in Barangay 76.
The entrapment operation was held against the suspects after they allegedly sold a .38-caliber handgun to a lawman who posed as a buyer.
Colonel Randy Glenn Silvio, who heads the CIDG National Capital Region field unit, said an informant tipped them off about gunrunners operating in Pasay.
A background investigation on the two showed that they are members of the Boyong criminal group, which is said to be involved also in robbery and drug trafficking.
The suspects are being held on charges of violating the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition.