The Italian financial police (GDF) announced Friday the seizure in Sicily of 32 weapons, including rifles and machine guns, as well as 3,000 cartridges, all carefully packed and buried two meters deep.
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The weapons, cartridges and the necessary equipment, such as magazines and weapon cleaning kits, were in two large plastic packages inside which each weapon was placed in an individual envelope containing the inscription on its contents . The two large packages were buried near a beach in Catania, eastern Sicily, "in a densely populated area," according to the police statement.
The weapons seized are 24 pistols of various models, 6 rifles (including a pump or sawn barrel), a machine gun and a Kalashnikov. All the weapons had the serial number erased, specifies the police. The weapons which circulate illegally in Italy are very numerous because the end of the fighting on the territory of the former Yugoslavia made it possible to nourish a flourishing black market in this sector.
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At the end of November, the police had seized a large quantity of various weapons, pistols, rifles, automatic or not, knives, crossbows from a pro-Nazi and anti-Semitic group. A month earlier, she had also seized 2.5 kg of explosive, two submachine guns, six hunting rifles, four semi-automatic pistols and hundreds of cartridges to the Calabrian mafia, the Ndrangheta.
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