Police seize explosives from blast fishers

ILLEGAL HOME-MADE EXPLOSIVES used in blast fishing are seized in twin police operations in Caramoran town last week, with the suspects facing criminal charges in court.

Separate operations launched by the Caramoran police station last week led to the confiscation of home-made explosives from two suspected blast fishermen.

Operatives from the town police, accompanied by personnel of the Catanduanes 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company, served a search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 43 Presiding Judge Lelu P. Contreras on the suspect identified only as “Erwin” in barangay Dariao at 2:20 A.M. of Feb. 25, 2021.

The 49-year old fisherman was in possession of three bottles of ammonium nitrate, locally known as “bigas-bigas”, and three pieces of detonating cord with blasting caps.

At 2:30 A.M. in the same barangay, a separate team from the two police units also served a similar warrant on a 42-year old fisherman named only as “Toto” who yielded two bottles of “bigas-bigas” and three pieces of red detonating cord with blasting caps.

They are now in custody of the Caramoran police pending the filing of charges for violation of Republic
Act 8550 as amended by RA 10654 or An Act to Prevent, Deter, and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing.

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