Two men were arrested on the A-92 near Moraleda de Zafayona after the Guardia Civil stopped the car they were travelling in and found firearms.
The men, aged 32 & 38, had four assault rifles in the vehicle of the kind Smith Wesson 15 Sport II.223 Remington. This firearm is one of the most popular sporting rifles available, Smith & Wesson’s M&P 15 Sport II Semiautomatic Tactical Rifle.
Besides the weapons, which were concealed in boxes, there was also the necessary ammunition for this calibre of firearm (5.56mm).
Not only did neither of the arrested men possess a valid firearm licence, but in the case of one of them, he was expressly forbidden from having any sort of firearm in his possession. This was probably because he had previously had his firearm licence withdrawn for the misuse of a weapon.
Both men also have criminal records in connection with growing marihuana.
The police are now investigating where the semi-automatic rifles came from and whether they had been used previously in a crime.
One of the consequences of illicit drug plantations is the proliferation in illegal firearm possession. In fact, of the 681 anti-drug operations carried out in the province, in just over a quarter of the cases there were illegal firearms on the premises.
The obtention of an illegal firearm is not difficult if the person who wants to acquire one has a contact in the more problematic quarters of Granada. An old pistol will set you back 300 euros whilst a ‘clean weapon’ (one not previously used in a crime) will cost ten times more (3,000 euros).
So, where are these weapons coming from? There is a growing, online, black market for these weapons, which are popping up not only in the city of Granada, but also in Pinos Puente and Loja – anywhere where there are marginal areas in large towns.
(News: Moraleda de Zafayona, Poniente de Granada, Andalucia)