Concealed firearms bound for Taiwan intercepted in Manila

Philippines customs seized a package containing guns wrapped in lead sheets

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Nino Aquino International Airport

Nino Aquino International Airport (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A package bound for Taiwan containing firearms has been intercepted at the Philippines’ largest airport.

ABS-CBN reports the package was falsely declared to customs as containing solar panels. It was seized by personnel of the Bureau of Customs at a cargo company warehouse within Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The package reportedly contained eight Glock 19 9-millimeter handguns, as well as 20 ammunition magazines and 266 pieces of ammunition. The contents were valued at an estimated half a million pesos (NT$295,000), reports GMA News.

GMA says the guns were wrapped in lead sheets to pass through X-ray scanners undetected, as the material distorts scanning capabilities. The sender and intended recipient has been identified by authorities based on transaction documents, the outlet reports.

The Customs Port of NAIA are concerned the weapons could be part of a larger operation to smuggle firearms out of the country.

Nino Aquino International Airport (formerly known as Manila International Airport) is the largest in the Philippines and served over 45 million passengers in 2018.