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Alleged online gun traders nabbed in Jakarta

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 22, 2019   /   03:09 pm
Alleged online gun traders nabbed in Jakarta Tanjung Priok Police in North Jakarta present confiscated air guns and airsoft guns on Jan. 21 following the arrest of three suspects on Friday. (kompas.com/Ardito Ramadhan D )

The Jakarta Police have arrested three individuals alleged to have been selling air guns and airsoft guns illegally through social media. They reportedly sold the weapons to anyone without particular requirements, the police said.

The three individuals, identified by their initials DK, ULM and FA, were arrested in two separate locations on Friday.

Tanjung Priok Police crime unit chief Adj. Comr. Faruk Rozi said on Monday that the arrest was the result of an investigation his team had carried out in social media. 

“We discovered that one of the suspects used his Facebook and Instagram accounts to market the guns without a permit,” Faruk said as reported by kompas.com.

The police placed an order online to find out the seller’ identities and addresses and match them with the bank account used for the transfer.

DK and ULM were arrested in Cibubur in East Jakarta, where police found 22 air guns and weaponry accessories. 

FA was arrested while reportedly delivering the ordered goods to a specified location in Penjaringan, North Jakarta. 

The three could be charged under the 1951 law on illegal gun possession, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years of imprisonment. 

Faruk said the guns could only be used for activities within shooting clubs operated under the Indonesian Shooting and Hunting Association. (fac)