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Weapons Trafficking in Gran Canaria

Weapons Trafficking in Gran CanariaThis week it was reported that five people in Gran Canaria were arrested, and are accused of purchasing detonating pistols, and then manipulating these so that they could be used fire live ammunition, which were then distributed to buyers across the Canary Islands.

Police Headquarters issued a press release that explained those arrested include four men aged 27, 38, 42 and 48 years of age and a woman aged 42 years, who are residents of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and of El Tablero in the south of the island, and all these accused have been previously arrested for various criminal activities.

It seems that the security forces discovered that this criminal group had bought detonating pistols from different shops in Gran Canaria and Tenerife, and then adapted these to fire live ammunition before distributing them to buyers across the Canary Islands. Four of these pistols were seized during this operation.

Police reports indicate that these 9mm detonator weapons became fully functional to use live ammunition, and this group used third parties to buy these detonating pistols from various sources to hide their identity.

The supply of these illegal weapons has now been seized and the distribution channels used have been stopped, and the accused remain in prison until their court case is heard.

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