Customs investigators found an alleged 39-year-old arms dealer from Lübeck who was selling his goods on the Darknet.
The customs investigation office in Frankfurt a.M. achieved a successful search in no less than four investigative proceedings. On the one hand, they exposed a 39-year-old alleged arms dealer from Lübeck. He is suspected of having illegally sold weapons via the Darknet. His suspect customers, a 65-year-old from Ludwigshafen and a 40-year-old from the Tirschenreuth district (Bavaria), were also caught.
In addition, the officials revealed the identity of another 39-year-old suspect from the Schaumburg district (Lower Saxony), who also purchased unauthorized ammunition on the Darknet. This is reported by the Frankfurt a.M. customs investigation office in a press release today.
An investigative commission of the customs investigation office in Frankfurt am Main worked on the case. This has been taking action against the organized trade and smuggling of illegal firearms on the Darknet since April 2016. The capture of the darknet arms dealer from Lübeck and the buyers of illegal weapons and ammunition was preceded by extensive and complex investigative work. Contract killing also read Contract murder on the Darknet led to the indictment for Dresdnerin Darknet sales: 13 firearms and approximately 1,400 cartridges secured When house searches were carried out in the period from April 2018 to November 2020, the investigators found a large number of forbidden objects. Including a total of 13 firearms, 1,361 pieces of cartridge ammunition, several brass knuckles, a butterfly knife, a steel rod and 80 prohibited pyrotechnic objects. With regard to the 39-year-old suspect from the Schaumburg district (Lower Saxony), the officers also found during the apartment search that the accused had also made firearms himself. A self-made shotgun with laser target illumination found there provided information about this. All of the suspected men lacked the necessary permits to trade and manufacture weapons, as well as to possess weapons and ammunition. Image: Securing a self-made shotgun with prohibited laser target lighting from the suspect Source: ZFA Frankfurt am Main The four criminal proceedings initiated as a result are led by the public prosecutor’s offices in Lübeck, Frankenthal, Bückeburg and the public prosecutor’s office in Bamberg. As the customs investigation office informed, a penalty order for the payment of a fine of several thousand euros has already been issued against the suspect from the Schaumburg district. However, the decisions in the other proceedings are still pending. The spokeswoman for the customs investigation office in Frankfurt am Main points out: “The successes of the investigation make it clear that the Darknet is not a legal vacuum. Every person who commits crimes via the Darknet must expect to be identified and prosecuted at all times ” The seizures in detail: Ludwigshafen: 1 handgun, 265 pieces of ammunition, also 1 forbidden brass knuckles Tirschenreuth district: 8 handguns, 1 rifle, 142 pieces of ammunition, 80 prohibited pyrotechnic objects Lübeck: 855 pieces of ammunition, 1 forbidden brass knuckles, 1 forbidden butterfly knife, 1 forbidden steel rod, 1 forbidden laser target lighting District of Schaumburg: 2 handguns, 1 self-made shotgun with laser target lighting, 99 pieces of ammunition and weapon parts