According to a report in the Diario de Noticais The disappearance of at least service 50 Glock pistols that were stored in the PSP National Directorate – the Penha de France headquarters – maybe being investigated into a broader investigation into international arms trafficking network.
The disappearance of at least service 50 Glock pistols that were stored in the PSP National Directorate – the Penha de France headquarters – are beginning to consolidate: an international arms trafficking network.
Last week, the Spanish authorities informed PSP that they had apprehended suspects detained in a police operation recovering three Glock pistols with the inscription “Security Forces”, the same one that is engraved on the weapons used by PSP, GNR and SEF. It was confirmed that they belonged to the batch of missing weapons from the PSP National Directorate, which is already being investigated and has resulted in the preventive suspension of two agents.
The Attorney General’s Office (PGR) confirmed to the Diario de Noticais the opening of an investigation, without giving details, for being “in secrecy of justice”. The impact of the case is exacerbated by the fact that PSP is the security force that has sole competence for all control, licensing and control of weapons in our country.
The Public Prosecutor’s Office (MP), however, gave a vote of confidence and delegated to the PSP itself the investigation, but if the crime of international traffic is confirmed, the investigation may have to be extended to the Judicial Police, which has exclusive jurisdiction to investigate this category of crime.
The investigation is being carried out by a special team. This started at the end of last January, when a Glock pistol was seized in a routine operation in the Pasteleira neighbourhood of Porto, with the same inscription as those used by the police – “Security Forces”. The suspected drug trafficker was a 21-year-old civilian resident in the neighbourhood. During the operation, 24 Glock ammunition (9 mm) and four loaders were also seized.
Upon consulting the PSP’s internal weapons registry, the Glock’s serial number was found to be part of the batch at the PSP headquarters.