Monday, February 11, 2013

7 men held in NE for theft of minerals

SAN JOSE CITY, Nueva Ecija, February 11, 2013-Combined operatives of the provincial public safety company (PPSC), the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the theft and illegall transport of copper concentrates from nearby Nueva Vizcaya province.

          Police Superintendent Pedro Soliba, San Jose City police chief, identified the seven as  Leonard Sanchez, 33, of Barangay Shellhouse, Calaocan City; Yulito Palces, 53, of Barangay Alfonso, Concepcion, Tarlac;  Martin Redera, 37, of B16L9 Area 3, Dagat-Dagatan, Malabon City: Lope Amurao, 43, of Barangay Talisay, Tiaong, Quezon; Jonny Abrego, 31, of Purok 2, Maag, San Isidro, Davao Oriental; and Jay Laceda, 29, of 043 Cupang, Pandi, Bulacan and broker representative Ryan Jayson, 27 of Imus, Cavite.

          Superintendent Ricardo Villanueva, PPSC company commander, said the suspects drove large container vans loaded with suspected copper concentrates. When confronted by police, they failed to show the original documents of the shipments.

          Villanueva said prior to the operation, they received information that  vehicles from Nueva Vizcaya allegedly loaded with copper concentrates and being escorted by heavily armed men will pass the city.

          Villanueva formed a team composed of Senior Inspector Romel dela Vega and DENR forest ranger Alexander Domingo and elements of the San Jose  City police to conduct checkpoint along the national highway in  Barangay Sto Niño 2nd.

Dominic Wood, a representative of the trucking company Neo Logic Logistics told police the shipment came from Ocean Gold Mining located at Brgy Didipo, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya and was about to be delivered at Poro Point, San Fernando, La Union.

          The two Toyota Hi-lux escorting the vans were also inspected.

Cases for violations of Republic Act 7942 (Theft of Minerals) have been filed against against the suspects by the San Jose City police before the city prosecutor’s office, San Jose City. (Manny Galvez)


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