Between 2012 and 2013 a former employee of the Kantonspolizei in the canton of Schwyz, allegedly sold guns and ammunition on the darkweb. According to the indictment, the 57-year-old suspect repeatedly sold guns and ammunition on an undisclosed darkweb marketplace. It is alleged that the suspect had a vendor account.
A search of the suspects house revealed 80 firearms and tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition. After the search, the police held the suspect in custody for two months before signing off on his temporary release.
The suspect was the Head of Logistics at the Schwyz cantonal police station until April 2018. The federal office of police (Fedpol) and the Zurich canton police had already launched an investigation into the activities of the suspect before his retirement. The suspect abused his position in the police by purchasing 180,000 francs worth of ammunition with the intent of selling them on the darkweb. However, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office said his abuse of his position with the police was “irrelevant in relation to the criminal offenses charged.”
During the suspects operation, he allegedly created legitimate purchase orders that his superior officers signed off on without asking questions. He would then changed the items or the number of items before filing the order to be processed.
In addition to the alleged weapon law violations, the suspect is accused of violating official secrecy laws related to his position with the police. According to the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect worked with an accomplice in Germany. The suspect allegedly partnered with the accomplice to sell weapons on the darkweb together. He leaked information about certain investigations to his German partner.
Police Working together
The Federal Office of Police and the Zurich canton police are working together with law enforcement in Germany on the case. Law enforcement in both countries are still investigating both suspects.
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