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Spanish Police Seized over 10,000 assault rifles, machine guns, pistols, revolvers, and 400 shells and grenades.

Spanish Police have released striking pictures of a huge weapons haul seized from an organised crime group.

It includes over 10,000 assault rifles, machine guns, pistols, revolvers, and 400 shells and grenades.

The guns and ammunition were seized in January during an operation against firearms trafficking.

Investigators also found an illegal workshop with machinery to manipulate and reactivate weapons, near Bilbao. Five people were arrested.

Cash amounting to 80,000 euros (£70,000 / $85,000) was seized.

The stockpile of guns seized by Spain's Policia Nacional in Operation Portu

Image captionPolice say the guns could easily have made their way onto the black market

The operation involved counter-terror police from Madrid, Bilbao, Valencia and Gerona.

Europol, which supported the investigation, said the firearms were sold in Spain, France and Belgium.

It said some of the weapons were deactivated, but did not comply with established standards.

Criminals acquired the arsenal largely through auctions and other legal channels before reactivating it.

The gang had been using a sports shop as a front for its distribution centre – which in reality sold firearms, weapon components and ammunition.

Police said the weapons would have had an easy journey onto the black market, and into the hands of terrorists or organised crime groups.

Europol said firearms traffickers exploit legal loopholes and legislative differences between EU countries to divert guns from legal suppliers.

Reactivating deactivated weapons is one of Europe’s main sources of illegal guns.

The agency said it had seen a significant increase in the number being supplied to criminals since 2014.

BBC News

“10,000 assault rifles, machine guns, pistols, revolvers, and 400 shells and grenades Seized by Spanish Police.  This looks like a stock pile for a war in my eyes not a black market storage facility.”
Ed

Evolution in the dark

The subject of escape and evasion is everywhere at the moment. One can find it featured in print and in online videos, there are even entire blogs, podcasts, and websites dedicated to the subject. In addition, escape and evasion seminars are being taught all over the world — there is no shortage of information on the topic.

Home invasions, abductions, and people traveling to places where forced disappearances are an everyday occurrence have motivated droves of people to seek out training in various methodologies; the basis of which is often escaping from various bondage elements and restraints. This material most commonly focuses on defeating handcuffs, duct tape, wire, wrapping plastic and zip ties — some of which has become somewhat dated. It should be noted, for example, that while handcuffs are still sometimes utilized by professional abductors, they have fallen out of favor and more secure and sophisticated restraints are being utilized.

Like anything else in this world, methodology evolves. Criminals have the same access to escape and evasion material that the rest of the world does, and have adapted their tactics accordingly. I have seen a few cases, personally, in which abductors have added countermeasures to some of the bondage elements they use.

For example: the classic zip ties.

Criminals, having gotten wise to how victims can use their own body to break them open, have come up with a way of making this a costly endeavor. Experienced captors will cut zip tie pieces at an angle and add them to the interior ring of the cuff. Once tightened these jagged points penetrate into the victims wrists, making even the slightest movement extremely painful, and opening up a gushing wound if one attempts to force them off by breaking them open. We have found these used, particularly, in cases where crews have been active in the “abduction for ransom” game for a very long time. They call them Vampiros (Vampires) down here in Mexico.

Up till now, these have not yet been seen outside of my inner-circle, but I am sharing it with you now, so that you can get an idea of the effects the Information Age has on criminal methodology, and how this has prompted a very twisted evolution in the dark corners of the world.

Keep safe, stay free and always be dangerous.