For over two months, Danish police has secretly investigated a case of organized smuggling of weapons from the Balkans, after a 40-year-old Bosnian man was randomly stopped in a routine check at the Rødby Ferry, with the car full of weapons, Ekstra Bladet reports.
Police found 13 firearms and 10 hand grenades in the car, and police believe the 40-year-old is working for an international network of arms smugglers.
– The matter has a clear international dimension, and we believe that the weapons were intended for the gang environment, says police inspector Kim Kliver, from Lolland-Falster Police.
The 13 weapons were nine pistols and revolvers and four automatic weapons such as machine guns and at least one AK 47 Kalashnikov automatic rifle. The 10 hand grenades were of ex-Yugoslavian production.
The arrest took place on July 27, when the police and SKAT held a routine inspection at Rødby Ferry. The 40-year-old Bosnian was stopped at random and the many weapons and hand grenades were found hidden in the car. The police would not provide details on how the weapons were hidden.
The 40-year-old was taken into custody in a secret kept hearing the day after:
– We needed peace, says Kim Kliver on the arrest.
Police believe the man is part of a major arms smuggling networks, and the police has repeatedly met with international partners, including the police in the Balkans, as the police are convinced that the weapons originated from there.
The investigation is still under way, and police say there might be more arrests in Denmark and abroad.
Kim Kliver do not want to comment on whether the weapons and grenades may have been intended to be passed on to Sweden, where Malmö this year has been hit by a series of explosions from grenades.
– We are trying to ascertain if these weapons were to be used in Denmark or other countries, he said.
ISIS has warned that something will happen in Europe when the signal sounds, but it can’t happen without guns & ammo.
As this arrest and seizure was pure luck, one has to wonder how many are not stopped, and how many weapons have already arrived and been distributed.