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Papua New Guinea

Cops caught trying to sell firearm, hand grenade

PORT Moresby police have arrested two colleagues who were trying to sell a firearm and hand grenade to them in a sting operation.

He said members of the Gordon minor crimes unit and the special services division launched a covert operation in which a detective posing as a civilian met one of the policemen and offered to buy a gun early last month.

Mr N’Dranou said the undercover detective and the rogue cop drove to 14-Mile and picked two men, believed to be soldiers, and a woman.

He said the plan was to set up a roadblock and arrest the suspects however, the rogue policeman evaded the barricade and returned to Port Moresby, dropped off their passengers and continued to Gordon barracks. There he contacted his colleague who came and took the firearm away.

“The rogue policeman argued with the undercover detective in the car until they reached Gordon barracks.”

Mr N’Dranou said the two rogue cops were clearly identified and the weapon and a military-issued hand grenade were confiscated from them by members of the special investigation team.

Mr N’Dranou said the high-powered gun and hand grenade were confiscated from a commuter on the Hiritano Highway last November, but the two policemen had failed to report the matter or charge the commuter.

Instead, they kept the weapons and allegedly tried to sell the gun when they were caught.

He said the police team is clamping down on rogue elements of the constabulary in conformity with Police Commissioner Gari Baki’s directive to weed out corruption and abuse within the police force.

Mr N’Dranou said the latest recovery was the second illegal high-powered weapon to be recovered from policemen in the city.

Police investigations are continuing.

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