A SPANISH man has been arrested for illegal possession of prohibited firearms after a weapons cache was found in Galicia.
During a raid on two homes in Vigo and Lugo, police found a total 66 weapons as well as 32 ammunition clips and various accessories needed to operate and adapt the weapons.
Amongst the accessories seized were illegal items designed to increase the shot rate of a gun to up to 1,100 rounds per minute.
Police were alerted after an investigation was launched by the United States authorities and transferred though the police channels of Europol to the National Police.
It is thought the man has a sports’ shooting licence, however he allegedly obtained the items used for modification via the internet.
The arrest and haul is part of a wider project by the European Union’s anti-trafficking initiative. The national police are focusing on the possible routes of illegal firearm imports in order to stop them falling into the hands of wanted criminals and terrorist organisations.
An investigation is now currently underway into the stash and the case has been handed to the Vigo courts.