Arms smugglers nabbed through cooperation between US, Philippines authorities

Close coordination between the Philippine National Police (PNP) and US agencies that include the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) as well as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had led to the successful arrest of arms smugglers during a buy-bust operation in Makati.
The successful sting operation is not the first time that joint efforts between US and Philippine authorities has led to the apprehension of arms smugglers and the seizure of smuggled items. In fact, a California-based Filipino-American by the name of Marilou Mendoza was very recently sentenced for illegally shipping firearms parts and ammunitions worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to her son using balikbayan boxes.
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