Sixteen arrested in police raids on weapons for drugs gang

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POLICE have broken up a gang of arms traffickers accused of selling weapons for drugs in Malaga.

The arsenal seized included four grenade launchers, a machine gun and an AK-47 assault rifle.

The arms were exchanged in the Malaga province for drugs which were then sent to the Netherlands, according to the Guardia Civil.

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Police have revealed details of the operation, codenamed Rocket, after surveillance lasting more than a year.

In all, 16 people have been arrested in raids on homes and properties in Mijas, Marbella and Estepona.

Several vehicles and 10kg of marijuana and cocaine were also seized.

A link with terrorist groups was ruled out by police who initially found weapons wrapped in Dutch newsprint.

After investigations lasting more than a year a joint Guardia Civil taskforce swooped, made up of officers from Malaga, Sevilla and Madrid.

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