In Dnipro, a criminal gang involved in weapons trading was apprehended following a two-day special police operation with the participation of approximately 100 law enforcement officers, according to a press release by the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVS).

Operational information received by the Dnipropetrovsk region police indicated the group's involvement in arms trading, illegal financial transactions, and large-scale money laundering.

“On Dec. 1, within a city garage cooperative, the KORD police department intercepted a Toyota Highlander car, detaining individuals linked to the specified crimes,” the Dec. 6 statement disclosed.

Around 100 law enforcement officers from the city and region took part in the searches and arrests. The organizer and two accomplices were identified as residents of Dnipro.

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A total of 16 searches were carried out, resulting in the confiscation of an arsenal of weapons, ammunition, and explosives from the suspects' garages and cars.

The haul included 21 pistols, 7 submachine guns, 14 rifles, 5 shotguns, 10 Kalashnikov assault rifles, about 25,000 cartridges of various calibers, 36 anti-tank grenade launchers, 76 grenades, smoke grenades, and other incriminating evidence.

“The perpetrators were found in possession of significant cash sums: $5.7 million, almost €50,000, and over Hr. 700,000, along with five high-end cars,” the MVS added.

Members of the criminal gang were detained and informed of suspicion under Part 2 of Art. 28 and Part 1 of Art. 263 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine – for the illegal possession of weapons and ammunition. The court imposed preventive measures on them in the form of detention, allowing for bail.

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Additionally, criminal proceedings have been initiated under Part 2 of Art. 209 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine – for the legalization or laundering of property obtained by crime.

In a separate incident in early September, law enforcement officers uncovered a criminal group involved in the movement of weapons from eastern conflict zones into western Ukraine.

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During that investigation, the MVS reported that a resident of the Dnipropetrovsk region had established an illegal network trading for arms and ammunition.

As a result of these earlier investigations and searches, over 40 artillery shells, a Kalashnikov machine gun, two assault rifles, 9 hand grenades with fuses, 8 rocket propelled grenades, cartridges, explosives, and detonators were seized.

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