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Local man detained for illegal possession of home-made shotgun, bullets

LAHAD DATU, March 16 — Police arrested a local man for suspected illegal possession of a home-made shotgun and bullets in an ‘Op Cantas’ raid on a house in Kampung Silabukan, Tungku, near here, yesterday.

Lahad Datu district police chief, ACP Hamzah Ahmad said the suspect, 29, was detained at about 9am after police found a shotgun (bakakuk) and two green (12 Bore) bullet spent shells and a gun-like steel pipe in his house.

“The initial investigation found that the suspect did not have a valid arms licence and the shotgun is believed to be used in illegal hunting activities,” he told reporters, here, today.

Hamzah also did not dismiss the possibility of illegal trade in bullets among holders of arms licences.

“If any licence holder is found selling bullets and arms to other people, his arms licence will be cancelled,” he said.

In a separate case on Monday, police detained a Philippine man in a house in Kampung Pokok Mangga for suspected involvement in the theft of cables belonging to Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd in Jalan Dam.

“Following the theft, the SESB suffered losses amounting to RM3,000 and police have seized cable casings which had been cut open and the copper cables taken out, believed to be sold,” he said.

Hamzah said further investigation found two friends of the suspect to be also involved in the theft and were still at large. — Bernama

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