According to the Spanish authorities, among the 10,000-12,000 pieces of weapons, seized earlier this week, there are some, capable to shoot down aircraft.
The weapon, seized by Spanish police earlier this week, is estimated at 10 million euro on the black market, the RIA Novosti news agency reported on Sunday, citing the Spanish National Police Corps. Reportedly, the police seized 10,000-12,000 pieces of weapons, including anti-aircraft guns, which can be used to shoot down aircraft. The weapons were destined for sale to terrorists and organized crime groups.
— Ministerio Interior (@interiorgob) January 15, 2017
Earlier this week, Spanish police arrested five people, who belonged to a criminal group, engaged in sale of weapons on the black market to criminal organizations, including terrorist groups. All the detainees (four men and one woman) are Spaniards. They bought old weapons, repaired and sold it on the black market. The arrests were carried out in the Spanish regions of Olot (Girona, Catalonia), Liendo (Cantabria), Galdakao and Getxo (Bizkaia, the Basque Country). In addition, police discovered workshops, where the criminals repaired old weapons and prepared it for sale.
Estas son las 12.000 armas, algunas capaces de derribar aeronaves, intervenidas al crimen organizado. Su precio: 10 mill € en mercado negro pic.twitter.com/iJwcC3PGz9
— Policía Nacional (@policia) January 15, 2017
On Sunday, police announced that it managed to seize 10,000-12,000 pieces of various weapons, including the CETM battle rifles, the Beretta automatic weapons, the Astra and the Star pistols, heavy machine guns and other arms. Some part of the weapons is in working condition. In addition, police found repair parts for various types of weapons and confiscated 80,000 euro in cash.
Three of the five detainees were left in custody, while passports of the two others were confiscated, they are currently forbidden to leave the territory of Spain.
Police managed to come out on the trail of this criminal group during an investigation of the terrorist attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels, committed on May 24, 2014, in which four people were killed. The attacker was a Frenchman of Algerian origin, Mehdi Nemmush.