Friday, January 28, 2011

A bit close to home

A 60 year old Spaniard along with two accomplices have been arrested for arms trafficking and holding of ammunition in Orihuela.

The leader of the gang ran a legitimate metalwork business but in his spare time bought unusable weapons at auctions, repaired them and then sold them on to criminal gangs at prices ranging from 400 to 1,000 Euros each. Police say he has been doing this for over 20 years without being discovered.

In the garage of the man’s house located in the centre of Orihuela police found glass cabinets displaying the weapons. Further searches of three home in Orihuela and two in Torrevieja revealed 54 weapons including; 39 pistols, 5 revolvers, 2 automatic rifles, a musket that thousands of cartridges. 

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