Spain's National Police have this past week detained a Gibraltarian and two other men for the illegal possession of over 11 firearms, along with a large cache of ammunition.
The 44-year-old native of Gibraltar is suspected of being the ringleader of a Marbella-based illegal weapons network, thought to facilitate the sale of weapons to multiple criminal organizations.
Investigations began several months ago, after a gardener working in a Marbella urbanization found a collection of cartridges, and called the police.
The tip led the National Police to the home of the Gibraltar native in Marbella, which was close to where the cartridges were found, and who was already known to police for his involvement in drug trafficking.
The weapons seized by police included five assault rifles with long-range scopes, six handguns, including a pistol with laser pointer, and a pen gun.
Investigations also uncovered a large quantity of ammunition, a vehicle and 500 grams of hashish.
Police believe that the man could have used the weapons in such illegal activities as armed robberies and drug raids.
Of the other two men detained in the raid, one was believed to have been working inconspicuously as a gardener, while the other had a criminal record for possession of weapons, ammunition and explosives. They are suspected to have helped store the weapons between transactions.
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