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Police bust suspected illegal online airgun trader

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 18, 2019   /   03:41 pm
Police bust suspected illegal online airgun trader Tanjung Priok Police in North Jakarta present confiscated air guns and airsoft guns on Jan. 21. (kompas.com/Ardito Ramadhan D)

Police in North Jakarta have arrested a 28-year-old man for allegedly selling airguns illegally via social media.

Tanjung Priok Police criminal unit head Adj. Comr. Faruk Rozi said the arrest was the result of his team’s investigation. The police's cyber patrol initially received information the suspect, identified as Rachmat Norman Taufiq, was illegally selling the airguns via social media.

The police placed an order online to buy a colt defender style airgun, in an attempt to discern the seller's identity. 

"[Rachmat] sold [airguns] through social media […]. A police team accepted his offer and determined the place for the transaction," Faruk said on Sunday, wartakota.tribunnews.com reported.

The place for the transaction was agreed as Jl. Boulevard Bukit Gading Raya in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, with the price set at Rp 3.5 million (US$241.38) for one gun.

"The suspect brought the gun to the location. At around 10 p.m., [police] arrested the perpetrator," Faruk added.

Police could not find documents permitting gun possession during the arrest. 

Police seized evidence, comprising two 90 caliber 5 millimeter colt defender series airguns, three 12-gram CO2 gas tubes and two boxes of bullets.

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