Large cache of weaponry found in house in Rethymno, Crete

Police on Thursday reported finding a large cache of weaponry while searching the home of a 32-year-old man in Rethymno, Crete.

Following up leads during an investigation, police on Wednesday carried out a coordinated operation in which they searched the house and a plot of land used by the suspect, finding an MG1M machine gun, two Kalashnikov rifles with two cartridges, an Uzi submachine gun with a silencer and two cartridges, nine hand grenades, six pistols and 13 cartridges, a bayonet for Kalashnikov rifle, a two-metre slowburning fuse, five detonators, 2,893 cartridges of numerous types and calibres, as well as various gun parts and cleansing agents.

Moreover, police found and confiscated 18,000 euros in cash, believed to be the proceeds of arms sales, and six bank checks made out to the suspect for amounts totalling 186,000 euros. Additonally, in a body search of the suspect, police found and confiscated 1,600 euros cash and two mobile phones.

The suspect was led before a Rethymno public prosecutor to be charged.