A police example of collaboration and international cooperation

The National Police collaborates with the National Crime Agency in an operation against the importation of firearms for conversion into real firearms

The device, which has been developed in British territory, to where agents of the National Police have moved, seeks to prevent modified firearms from reaching people or organizations for terrorist or criminal purposes

The General Information Commission has collaborated in carrying out an exhaustive analysis and cataloging of those armories in Spain that are dedicated to the online sale of detonating weapons inside and outside our borders

With 27 detainees and 100 weapons intervened, this investigation is part of the National Strategy against Organized Crime and Serious Crime and the National Strategy against Terrorism

July 29, 2019 Agents of the National Police have collaborated with the British National Crime Agency (NCA) in an international operation against the importation of firearms from front ventilation and their subsequent conversion into weapons with real fire capacity. A police investigation that has resulted in a total of 27 detainees and 100 weapons seized, in an operation that has been carried out in different cities of the United Kingdom and in which a team of specialized investigators of the National Police has participated.

This operation has as its starting point the fight against arms trafficking that caters to terrorism and organized crime and that joins the fact that the sale and acquisition of so-called detonating weapons or weapons is prohibited in the legislation of the British Isles. of front venting vent. The intervened weapons entail the withdrawal of an important item within the black market for illegal arms sales in Europe.

An operation in line with the new criminal modalities in the United Kingdom where more than 40% of firearms recovered between 2016 and 2017 were weapons manufactured abroad that had been reconverted, modified or reactivated, the commission having increased by 27% of criminal acts with the use of firearms, according to data available to the National Crime Agency.

Spanish agents integrated in the coordination center in Birmingham

Within the device a coordination center was established in the city of Birmingham to concentrate the execution and result of the police actions. Specialized investigators from the General Information Commission of the National Police were added to this center to coordinate the investigative links and the information that could be revealed during the development of the operation and that had a connection with Spain.

The exchange of information between the police of both countries made it possible for the National Police to provide relevant information and analysis on different armories in Spain, some of them with an important role in the distribution of detonating weapons in the United Kingdom. It has been proven that these weapons have been modified to produce real fire and that they have been involved in the commission of violent crimes, including homicides.

Some of the detainees have a criminal record for robbery with weapons or illegal possession of weapons, even one of them is an English citizen who had recently shown an extremely radical and violent religious profile that caused the British authorities to focus their investigations on him. The arrests have been made in the cities of London, Manchester, Cambridge, Glasgow, Newcastle, Oxford, Belfast or Bristol, among others.

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