Anti-terror police in Kraków have arrested 10 people believed to have been part of a major black market gun ring, and seized firearms including submachine guns and pistols.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (Centralne Biuro Śledcze), working with terror prevention cops and their counterparts in the Czech Republic swooped to arrest the gang members, ten of whom were living at addresses in Kraków. The Małopolska Prosecutors Office alleges that the men had for the past six months been buying weapons and ammunition from the Czech Republic, and importing them illegally into Poland.
A spokesman for the Prosecutors Office said: “During searches, several firearms were found, including a Skorpion submachine gun, a Česká Zbrojovk pistol, a Browning with a silencer and dozens of rounds of ammunition. Czech police detained an eleventh suspect – a citizen of the Czech Republic.”
Four of the suspects have been remanded in custody in Poland. The others have been granted bail and must not leave the country. Two had to pay 10,000zł and 15,000zł as financial guarantees. The Prosecutors Office spokesman said that some of those arrested had admitted importing guns illegally, but that the sensitive nature of the investigation meant that no further information would be given.
If convicted, the men face prison sentences of up to ten years.
Picture: CBŚ officer in action
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