Large weapons cache seized
20 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — Police in The Hague seized a large quantity of weapons and ammunition during searches in the area last month.
20 September 2005
AMSTERDAM — Police in The Hague seized a large quantity of weapons and ammunition during searches in the area last month.
The haul included dozens of machine guns and rifles and at least 10,000 rounds of ammunition.
The Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) confirmed a report about the find in Tuesday's edition of newspaper 'het Algemeen Dagblad'.
The weapons were intended for the international trade in illegal arms rather than for terrorist activity within the Netherlands. There were also some older weapons which were to be sold to collectors.
The find was made on 30 August. Two men, aged 40 and 49, from the Hague were arrested in the central Dutch town of Veenendaal while moving weapons. Three women and a man were detained during follow-up searches in The Hague, Pijnacker, De
Harskamp and Voorburg.
The case began when a huge haul of weapons and explosives was found in a house in Germany in March.
The occupant, 36, managed to escape but it was known he had connections with people in The Hague.
A special detective unit began an investigation into weapons dealing in the Hague region and the German suspect was arrested at 'Binckhorst' industrial estate in The Hague on 27 June.
The two men from the Hague were arrested in Veenendaal three days later while transporting a machine gun and seven machine pistols.
Detectives then raided homes in and around the Hague. Four people were arrested as police uncovered more weapons in one house and in a shed in Pijnacker.
The German suspect was extradited to Germany and three other people remain in custody in the Netherlands.
This haul is unconnected to the seizure of 65 hand grenades in Rotterdam last week, the police said.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news