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Unlawful Manufacture and Possession of Guns Discovered

Date Posted: 1999-12-24

Three persons suspect of illegally possessing guns and live cartridges were recently arrested by a united force of the Motobu Police and Armed Weapons Control Section of Okinawa Prefectural Police.

Police started investigations leading to these arrests when Motobu Police got a tip on illegal possession of guns and cartridges. The suspects are 25-year old hostess who lives in Urasoe City, and who took herself to police with an unlawfully manufactured gun on October 12th; a 51-year old man who lives in Osaka, and a 48-year old man who lives in Itoman and is president of a company in Okinawa.

According to the statement of the hostess, the man from Osaka had asked her to conceal the illegally manufactured guns. She reported it to the police. The man was arrested on November 10th , and prosecuted on December 2nd. While police investigated the two suspects, they discovered through their statements that there was another man in the network. The third person was detained on November 25th. On the same day, they seized 2 pieces of gun parts and 95 live cartridges at the suspectís house. On the 29th, the police searched his office and found 2 guns in his desk drawers. The Police has already confiscated 3 illegally manufactured guns and 122 live cartridges while investigating this matter.

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