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Friday, March 31, 2023

12 Detained in Poland in Gun Smuggling Crackdown

With the active support of Europol, the Polish Border Guard (Straż Graniczna), together with the Internal Security Agency (Agencja Bezpieczeństwa Wewnętrznego) and the National Police (Policja) has seized close to a hundred firearms in raids tackling a gun-smuggling gang.

The Polish authorities found the weapons in a series of house searches in the regions of Świetokrzyskie and Łódzkie Voivodeship and charged 12 suspects – all Polish nationals between 32 and 60 – for their involvement in this illegal gun-running operation.

The organized crime gang under investigation smuggled weapons illegally from Slovakia to Poland, Russia and Ukraine. 

The 96 seized firearms include revolvers, pistols, automatic rifles and hand machine guns. Several thousand rounds of ammunition and one hand grenade were also confiscated as a result of this action day.  

Additionally, over EUR 50,000 worth of cash was found during the house searches, alongside 14 marijuana plants and some amphetamine.

The case was conducted in close cooperation with Europol, which provided continuous intelligence development and analysis to support the field investigators.

This operation falls in the framework of a much larger two-year long investigation led by the Polish Border Guard which, besides this action day, has resulted so far in the seizure of close to 200 firearms, including so-called ‘Flobert’ guns and some 2,700 pieces of ammunition. Fifteen other individuals – nine Ukrainian nationals, one Russian national and five Polish nationals had already been arrested. 

The evidence seized during the course of this particular action is now being analyzed to identify further investigative leads across Europe.

This action day was carried out in the framework of the European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats (EMPACT). 

Read the announcement at Europol

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