The Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC) of the Ministry of Security of the province of Santa Fe stopped in the last hours and after several months of investigation into an important illicit association dedicated to the sale of arms and ammunition, in which there is at least two active police officers involved.
The investigation -which began in March and was carried out with undercover police officers and a “revealing agent” – culminated this week with 12 raids carried out in the city of Rosario, Villa Gobernador Gálvez and the city of San Feliciano, in Entre Ríos, ordered by prosecutors Valeria Haurigot Y Pablo Socca. The raids were carried out by the Special Troops (TOE) of the provincial security force.
In March, after the AIC became aware of the existence of the gang, the task of the revealing agent began, an infiltrated cash who performs tasks to obtain evidence, who coordinated a meeting in which he agreed to purchase 8 rifles and ammunition.
In that series of controlled deliveries, four in total during the month of March, the troops seized several weapons and a large amount of ammunition: five fissiles (from the Winchester, Weatherby, Ruger and Mauser brands, the latter model 1909 with the Argentine national emblem) and a .22 caliber carbine with the inscription “Made in Czechoslovakia”.
They were also found 245 ammunition of different types that were delivered in a grocery bag, a box of 19 cartridges with the word “Norma”, a telescopic sight with the inscription “TASCO inspected ASIA”, two boxes of 50 cartridges Caliber .38 and .45 of the Stopping Power brand and a box of 50 cartridges 9 mm caliber of the Waffen brand.
About a month later, prosecutors Haurigot and Socca coordinated another controlled delivery on López Street 435, where the house of Cesar Gonzalez, the interlocutor of the false buyers, as confirmed by sources in the case to Infobae.
A powerful arsenal was also found there: three shotguns, two carbines, four revolvers (three caliber .32 and another caliber .38), 200 hunting caliber ammunition, 70 FAL ammunition, 20 9mm, .38, .22 caliber ammunition and a die box that is used to adulterate and suppress the numbering of the weapons.
The house of Sergio Gonzalez, a policeman from the provincial force who was active in the Criminalistics Section. In that house, located on Carrasco street at 2200 A .45 pistol, a .22 caliber revolver, 13 .22 caliber ammunition and four 11.25 caliber ammunition were found.
Both González and his partner, who is also a police officer, were detained and made available.
Finally, another operation was carried out in the house of José Luis Andino, nicknamed “El Sodero” -that would be their job-, on Bermúdez street at 6600, in the La Tablada neighborhood of the southern area of Rosario, where they were also found 20 boxes of ammunition (which would add up to more than 1000) 9mm caliber, and .45 caliber, various firearms and documentation in the name of third parties to buy in a permitted way in armories. There would be, in total, more than 20 legitimate arms user cards and 14 ammunition consumption cards.