Officers of the Russian MIA General Directorate of Criminal Investigation blocked a channel of illicit arms trafficking

Officers of the Russian MIA General Directorate of Criminal Investigation together with colleagues from the FSB of Russia and with support of the FSB Special Operations Center (TsSN FSB) suppressed the activity of an organized group whose members are suspected of organizing a channel of illicit trafficking of arms and ammunition.

According to available information, the group smuggled firearms by road transport from the Baltic countries into the territory of the Russian Federation, and then sold it in Moscow and the Moscow Region.

In the course of operational-search activities in Pskov and Moscow Regions, 15 members of the group were arrested. They turned to be residents of the Moscow Region aged from 29 to 60.

During the searches at the residences of detainees there have been found and seized a large number of weapons prepared for sale, a machine for the production of ammunition, blanks for fake identity documents of law enforcement officers, clichés and seals for them.

In total the carried out measures resulted in removing from illicit trafficking more than 90 firearms. These included: 2 machine guns of domestic production, 2 submachine guns, 14 automatic pistols, 67 pistols and revolvers, 5 rifles and shotguns. In addition, there have been seized 5 silencers, a large number of components of small arms and several thousand rounds of ammunition of different calibers.

A criminal case under Art. 222 ("Arms trafficking"), Art. 223 ("Illegal manufacture of weapons"), Art. 226.1 ("Smuggling weapons") of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation has been initiated.

Measures aimed at identifying the channels of delivery and sale of seized arms and ammunition are underway.

Press-Group of the Russian MIA General Directorate of Criminal Investigation

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