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Troops intercept arms cache, shabu in Davao

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Two men were arrested after being caught illegally transporting a cache of firearms in Davao City on Saturday morning, authorities reported.

Suspects Michael John Lantoria, 40, and Sebastian Quiblat, 61, were also caught in possession of suspected shabu, according to reports from the Army’s 10th Infantry Division and police.

Members of the city police and the Army’s Task Force Davao arrested the two at the quarantine checkpoint in Brgy. Lacson, Calinan district, around 9:20 a.m.

Lantoria and Quiblat were initially found transporting 42 units of .9mm pistols and 18 shotguns aboard a Mitsubishi Strada (KAA-7618).

The firearms were registered to Delphian Security Agency based in Cagayan de Oro City, but Lantoria and Quiblat were unable to present documents authorizing them to travel and transport the firearms, police said.

Authorities manning the checkpoint also confiscated from their possession another .9mm pistol and a caliber-.380 handgun, as well as 3 grams or P48,000 worth of suspected shabu.

A thorough search with the help of K-9 units led to the discovery of the concealed contraband, said Capt. Mark Anthony Tito, Army 10th ID public affairs officer.

Maj. Gen. Ernesto Torres Jr., 10th ID commander, said the interception of firearms and shabu shows that security forces in the city are committed to helping provide lasting peace and security.

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