The Pendleton Panther

Iranian Smugglers Caught in Italy

Posted on: March 3, 2010

Italian police have arrested seven suspected Iranian and Italian weapons smugglers.  The crackdown occurred overnight in several different cities at once.  Among the detained is a Iranian journalist who is believed be an intelligence gathering officer of Iran.  The weapons traffickers were thought be members of the Iranian secret service, smuggling guns and explosives from Italy to Iran through another third country.  Found in the contraband was a high number of tracer rounds, explosives from Eastern Europe, tools and ingredients for making incendiary bombs, and German made scopes and military jackets.  Those that made the bust are working in close conjunction with anti terrorist groups in Great Britain, Romania, and Switzerland.  Iran is subject to an international arms embargo, and any acquisition of foreign weapons is considered of violation of law by the United Nations.  The bust puts another nail in the coffin of Iran’s diplomatic efforts to assuage its nuclear sanctions.

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