SIBU: A contractor and his wife have been arrested over the seizure of more than 60 imitation guns of various types and ammunition at their home in Jalan Belatok here.
Federal Criminal Investigation Department (CID) director Datuk Mohd Bakri Zini said the weapons, believed to be smuggled in, looked genuine.
''Although the guns are imitations, they could kill when used with imitation bullets. We are investigating whether similar weapons are in the market,'' he told reporters on an official visit here.
Mohd Bakri said police are probing the case under the Firearms Act, 1990, adding that the couple had been released on bail after a six-day detention period. They were arrested on April 1.
Investigation papers have been sent to the state Attorney-Gebneral's office for further action.
On the progress of ''Ops Cantas Kenyalang'' launched last year to eradicate the gangsterism problem in the state, he said 20 of the 43 ganglords now under detention were from here.
He said two of them were arrested here last week.
Mohd Bakri said police are still hunting for another 10 who are in hiding outside the state.
He said the gangsterism problem is more serious in this town, and that gangsters are involved in various criminal activities, like collection of protection money, illegal logging and extortion.