The Civil Guard seizes about 200 firearms in Cantabria

There are 18 people arrested and eight others investigated who were part of an organization already dismantling

The weapons came from France, some of them considered as weapons of war

The Civil Guard has dismantled a group dedicated to international firearms trafficking. A total of 196 weapons have been seized in Cantabria as a result of this operation. Four of these weapons are considered as weapons of war.

The Cyclops operation has concluded with a total of 18 arrests, 15 of them in Cantabria, one in Bizkaia and two in France. Investigations have also been opened as investigators to eight other persons for the commission of the crimes of possession, deposit and trafficking of weapons and ammunition, possession of prohibited weapons and deposit of weapons of war, as well as belonging to a criminal organization.

In addition to the intervened weapons -121 short and 75 long-, the Civil Guard has also found in the registers a cartridge refill machine along with a kilo of black powder, 1,000 pistons for the production of cartridges and more than 6,000 different cartridges gauges Various elements have also been found such as a telescopic sight, a silencer, a "taser", a pistol pen and different white weapons, as well as more than 100,000 euros in cash.

Weapons acquired in France

The Information Group of the Civil Guard of Cantabria began the operation in September last year, after finding out that a man resident in Riotuerto (Cantabria), was engaged in the sale of weapons acquired in France.
The Civil Guard found that this individual traveled periodically to the south of France along with three other people. Once in the neighboring country, they approached places frequented by gun enthusiasts, with the aim of acquiring weapons and ammunition.
These facts were confirmed by the gala police, through operational surveillance of the suspects while they were on French soil.
During the return trip, the group took scrupulous security measures, moving even in two vehicles. The first one used it as a "shuttle" to inform the second, that he was carrying the weapons.
Given the indications obtained, the agents made, throughout the current month of July, a total of 34 entries and registrations in different homes, cabins, commercial premises and warehouses, located in the towns of Riotuerto, Selaya, Saro, Sobremazas, Beranga , El Astillero, Anaz, San Salvador and Solares.
For its part, the French National Police carried out the search of two properties in France, apprehending two short arms and 4 illegal long weapons.
Distribution of weapons in Cantabria
Once in Cantabria, the organization was initially engaged in fine-tuning the acquired weapons, then saving them for their personal collections or for selling them to third parties.
With the sale of weapons, the organization achieved a lucrative business as between 200 and 400 percent profit for each sale.
Likewise, the organization supplied ammunition and made repairs to the weapons it sold to its customers.
With this operation, the Civil Guard has dismantled one of the most important networks dedicated to illegal arms trafficking in Spain in recent years.
This operation under the direction of the Court of 1st Instance and Instruction number 1 of Medio Cudeyo (Cantabria), has been developed by the Information Team of the Civil Guard of Cantabria, with the support of the Madrid Information Headquarters (UCE-3 ), the SEPRONA of Cantabria, UOPJ of Cantabria and the Territorial Teams of the Judicial Police of Santoña y Camargo, USECIC of Cantabria, the Central Cinological Service based in Madrid, the Information Group of the Commandery of Bizkaia and the Weapons Intervention and Explosives from Cantabria and Bilbao.


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