MANILA – The Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation Detection Group's Anti-Organized Crime Unit (PNP CIDG-AOCU) arrested in separate buy-bust operations two suspects on allegations they were selling gun accessories without a license.
Elizabeth Grino and Ronie Velasco, also known as “Arvie Santos”, were caught by CIDG-AOCU operatives on Thursday by virtue of two search warrants.
Grino was first arrested in a Makati shopping mall for possession of seven pieces of Glock selector switches or auto sears, including a loaded .25-caliber pistol, and ammunition.
Another team searched Grino’s residence at Levitown Subdivision, Paranaque City, where authorities seized 16 pieces of Glock conversion sears for Roni Pistol Conversion Kits, and 30 pieces of Glock auto selector switches or sears inside a plastic parcel of a delivery company.
On Thursday night, operatives went to Velasco’s residence in Barangay Pulido, General Mariano Alvarez town, Cavite, which resulted in his arrest.
Authorities confiscated four long high-powered firearms, four short firearms, thousands of assorted ammunition, nine pieces of Glock auto selector switches or sears.
According to Superintendent Lawrence Cajipe, CIDG-AOCU chief, it is illegal to sell gun accessories without a license.
The switches or sears manufactured and sold by the suspects can convert semi-automatic guns into fully automatic firearms.
Both suspects actively sold firearm accessories, especially Glock full-auto sears and Glock selector switches, through social media under the account name [email protected], which was later changed to Royal City International.
Buyers were directed to pay through money remittance centers and shipments were made through express deliveries.
Grino and Velasco will be charged violating RA 10591 (Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act) and Article 178 (Using Fictitious Name and Concealing True Name) of the Revised Penal Code.
The CIDG is now determining the scope of the suspects’ illegal activities.