Three Britons arrested and 36 weapons seized in Spanish raid

Three British nationals have been arrested and 36 firearms seized in a joint investigation by the Spanish National Police and the National Crime Agency (NCA).

On June 20, armed officers raided the property of 36-year-old Anthony Finnigan in Murcia, Spain.

Finnigan is suspected of being part of a British organised crime group based in the Murcia region, responsible for smuggling Class A drugs through Spain into the UK.

He left the property in the company of another British national, 35-year-old Hasan Topal, and a gunshot was fired at the officers present at the scene.

The officers then fired warning shots and both men were detained without injury.

Two other men were arrested at the scene – 33-year-old Briton Ediz Can and 32-year-old Ahmed Mhanni from Morocco.

During a thorough search of the property, officers discovered 36 firearms, mainly Walthers and Heckler & Kochs, and 755 9 mm ammunition.

All four men were arrested and remanded in custody.

Finnigan was arrested because he is wanted by Merseyside Police in connection with drug supply offences in the UK. Once the Spanish National Police have concluded their investigation, proceedings will begin to bring him back to the UK to face those charges.

Neil Keeping, NCA Regional Director for Spain, said:International NCA The network played a key role in supporting the Spanish police operation, during which four men were arrested and dangerous weapons were confiscated.

“These firearms were likely destined for the criminal market in the UK, so their removal from circulation is a huge success.

“Reducing the availability of illegal firearms in the UK and preventing them from being used or acquired by criminals is a top priority for the NCA and its law enforcement partners.”