IN THE LAST few days, police have preventively disarmed two criminal groups operating in Sered, in Slovakia's southwestern Galanta district.
Police Vice President Jaroslav Spišiak said that two suspects had been detained - a car factory employee who was an explosives expert, and the boss of one of the groups. Both are accused of possessing illegal weapons, the news wire SITA reported.
One group was engaged in stealing and legalising cars and the other trafficked in drugs. Both wanted to expand their operational territories. When they crossed paths, they began arming themselves and secured so-called clean weapons – those that have not been used to commit murder and are difficult to trace.
During house searches police officers found a military sniper machine gun in addition to two automatic guns, four pistols, two revolvers, more than 11 bullets, and a collection of stealth weapons: two crossbows with arrows and one blowpipe.
The police also found a lab fully equipped for the production of pervitin, a methamphetamine.
Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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25. May 2004 at 10:39