JOHOR BARU: Police are still recovering firearms that were dumped into Sungai Skudai on New Year’s Day.
Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said only eight weapons had been recovered from about 20 that had been dumped into the river near Taman Tampoi Utama.
He said from the weapons recovered so far, only one was a real firearm – a semi-automatic pistol.
“The others are airsoft rifles. We also recovered some 6,000 bullets, five air rifle pellets and airsoft weapon components, ” he said yesterday. (Airsoft rifles are replicas used in sports.)
Comm Ayob Khan said divers from the Marine Police were assisting the General Operations Force (GOF) in the recovery operation.
“It is quite a challenging operation due to strong river currents, ” he said.
He also said initial investigations revealed that the weapons were dumped into the river after the GOF arrested a 45-year-old manager of a security guard company last October.
“The GOF later raided a camping equipment company near Taman Tampoi Utama and arrested 20 men, including a 38-year-old local.
“Police raided his house and seized an airsoft rifle, 582 bullets and five thunderflash sticks, ” he said, adding that 13 Indonesians were among those arrested.
Comm Ayob Khan said the man is the security guard company manager’s brother and works as the manager at the camping equipment company, which also employed 15 of those arrested.
He said the man was also being investigated under Section 8(a) of the Firearms Act 1960 for possession of a homemade rifle, and Section 36 of the same Act for possession and importation of imitation arms.
Three suspects were charged on Wednesday under Section 201 of the Penal Code and Section 34 of the same Code for causing the disappearance of evidence and have been released on bail.
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