This crackdown is part of a judicial investigation opened on June 25. The network is suspected of having supplied weapons to drug traffickers and ultra-right activists.
Ten people, including two active soldiers, were arrested and taken into custody on Tuesday in an investigation into a vast arms trafficking in France, Franceinfo learned Thursday, January 14 from a judicial source, confirming information from TF1. A “significant” quantity of weapons and ammunition was seized.
A source close to the investigation mentions at least 200 weapons and a ton of ammunition. This crackdown is part of a judicial investigation opened on June 25, 2020 for “acquisition, possession, transfer, transport of category A and B weapons in a meeting” and “criminal association”.
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The arrests took place in Île-de-France, in the east and the south of France, said a source close to the investigation. One of the two soldiers arrested works at the Ministry of Defense and the other is assigned to a base in eastern France. This network is suspected of having supplied weapons to drug traffickers and ultra-right activists. Police custody can last up to 96 hours.