Council workers held for arms dealing

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13 December 2005, AMSTERDAM — Five men from the Dutch town of Spijkenisse were arrested last month on suspicion of involvement in the illegal arms dealing.

13 December 2005

AMSTERDAM — Five men from the Dutch town of Spijkenisse were arrested last month on suspicion of involvement in the illegal arms dealing.

Three of the men are public servants working for the local council, the Public Prosecutor's Office announced on Tuesday. One of the three remains in custody. Investigators believe he is the key figure in the criminal gang.

Police began investigating the five men after four other suspects were arrested in September. The police discovered 65 hand grenades and four bombs in a basement box during that operation.

The police suspect that an international group of weapons smugglers was supplying guns to the 48-year-old council worker from Spijkenisse.

He appeared to be the middle man for various buyers of illegal weapons. The local council in Spijkenisse declined to comment about the matter on Tuesday.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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