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Police confiscate a bounty of spare parts of firearms and explosives

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDuring a search in multiple locations around Latvia at the beginning of October, Latvian State Police confiscated 71 firearms, more than 3,000 units of ammunition and 56 spare parts used to create explosives, as reported by SP Criminal Investigation Office Chief Janis Lazdins.

Among the confiscated firearms are rifles, pistols, sub-machine guns, shotguns, machine guns and an assault rifle. Most of those weapons are from WWII. Police carried out ten searches in Riga, Liepaja, Ventspils and Kuldiga.

Two men – 1958-born and 1966-born – have been arrested for illegal weapons storage and possible illegal sales. Both can be considered unemployed and both have prior criminal record.

Police have determined that both men were digging up old WWII weapons from the ground or buying them or their spare parts from abroad. It is likely that both men were not merely creating a collection of old weapons. Police believe there may have been illegal arms trade involved.

In this criminal process, police have confiscated a total of 474 firearms. In the first nine months of 2015, police confiscated 452 firearms from illegal arms trade. Most of those confiscated weapons were dug up from locations of WWII battles. Police also confiscated a great deal of home-made and modern types of firearms.

On the black market, the price of automatic firearms starts at EUR 700. Non-automatic firearms cost around EUR 500. The price depends on the weapon’s technical state and its exclusivity.

244 criminal processes have been launched in relation to illegal arms trade in Latvia in the first nine months of 2015.

While in the past illegal firearms were traded among private persons and acquaintances, nowadays criminals use specialized websites. They do leave traces on the Internet, however, and it is easier for the police to apprehend them, says Lazdins.

Murder and robberies involving firearms are more often than not carried out using illegal firearms.

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