Some are creating 3D printed weapons in Spain. Police have dismantled his clandestine workshop

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The National Police has reported the Operation Saguaro, which has consisted of the arrest of a man in Abegondo, province of La Coruña. This individual had a clandestine weapons printing workshop at his home that he “manufactured” thanks to three 3D printers that have been found in it. He also had plans for its elaboration.

As part of the operation, Police seized an AR9 submachine gun. in an almost finished state, assembled with 3D printed parts using the seized material. Those in charge of the operation have been agents of the General Information Police Station, collaborating with the Provincial Information Brigade of A Coruña, and directed by the Investigating Court number three of Betanzos.

A practice that is growing throughout Europe

According to the National Police, the number of seized weapons of this type is growing throughout Europe. That is why an International Congress on 3D Printed Firearms, organized by Europol, had to be held in May. It shared a lot of information about the threat posed by 3D printed weapons.

Returning to our country, an operation like this is not entirely new either. With Operation Odilo, which took place in September 2020, the Police have already dismantled the first illegal 3D printing workshop for weapons.

In the case of the Abegondo operation, the investigation began with the detection at the beginning of the year of a channel on a printed weapons manufacturing exchange social network. Although they do not detail it, it was probably a Telegram or WhatsApp group relatively open to new participants. After monitoring, the Police detected that one of the most active members was Spanish and lived in Galicia.

This is how I make a living with a 3D printer

The detained subject gave advice and documentation to other participants. For its manufacturing work, it took advantage of two circumstances. the first was live in a hard to find place. The second, to have a workplace that allowed him to know in depth the manufacture of metal parts, which according to the statement, he also used to complete the assembly.

In the house there were many pieces already printed ready for assembly, such as a frame or slider made of PETG fiber, a material of which he had a large number of rolls. As for the AR9 submachine gun, the statement reflects that it was about to be completed, and that it was not the only weapon present in the home, although it is the only one so effective. He also had a powerful slingshot crossbow, a modified crossbow along with many arrows and airsoft guns.

The National Police has reported the Operation Saguaro, which has consisted of the arrest of a man in Abegondo, province…

The National Police has reported the Operation Saguaro, which has consisted of the arrest of a man in Abegondo, province…

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