Two individuals were detained in France’s northeastern Alsace area following a police search of a home of notorious neo-Nazis and discovered 18 registered firearms, 23 illicit weaponry, and 120,000 rounds of ammunition. Prosecutor Edwige Roux-Morizot stated during a media briefing on Friday (June 3) that two of the four individuals apprehended at the apartment on May 31 were charged with weapons smuggling and subsequently jailed. Upon conviction, they are looking at about ten years behind bars.
The other two haven’t been charged yet, however, they are under court monitoring, and a fifth person has been freed sans prosecution. The individuals were not actively plotting an assault, as per Roux-Morizot, although there was concern that they might “take action” because of the enormous weaponry stash, which is what ultimately resulted in their capture. Their electronic information is being examined by the cops.
72 Kalashnikov rifles, 167 pieces of literature, and upwards of 35 kg of gunpowder were amongst the weaponry. Three ammunition-making devices, a casing-heating unit, a currency counter, four scales, two silencers, as well as over 25,000 euros were additionally discovered during the house inspection. The discovery included “at least 120,000 (rounds) of ammunition of different calibers, though many were meant for weapons of war,” according to judicial police commander Lieutenant-Colonel Yann Wanson.
He went on to say that one of the arrested individuals had sniper preparation. These individuals in the relatively small-scale outfit of neo-Nazis, according to Roux-Morizot, were around the ages of 45 and 53 and had normal employment, adding that they were “citizens like any other.” The material discovered in their possessions revealed their neo-Nazi allegiance.