MOSCOW, January 17 (RIA Novosti) – Russian security officers have seized a cache of weapons and arrested 15 people suspected of trafficking in small arms, the Interior Ministry said on its website Friday.
The group allegedly smuggled the weapons into Russia by car from the Baltic countries for delivery to the Moscow Region.
The suspects were arrested by police and Federal Security Service officers during a series of raids in the Pskov Region along Russia’s western border with Estonia and Latvia and in the Moscow Region.
Over 90 firearms were seized in the raids, including machine guns, rifles, shotguns and pistols with silencers.
Officers also found equipment for producing ammunition and several thousand live rounds, as well as counterfeiting materials including fake blank law enforcement badges.
The suspects have been charged with the illegal manufacture of weapons and arms trafficking.
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