Police from Guizhou province confiscated nearly 17,000 guns and 120,000 knives in a cross-province raid that is the largest of its kind in China, leading to the capture of more than 30 suspects involved in a weapon delivery service.
According to Xinhua, police busted a gang that was involved in the manufacturing and selling of weapons after a four-month police investigation found that their 60 million yuan business stretched over 27 provinces and municipalities including Guangdong, Guizhou, Hunan and Sichuan. A lot of ground for what was reportedly a family business.
The investigation was launched following a robbery involving guns last September in Guiyang, leading officers to a man in Shandong, Hunan province, who was manufacturing guns and selling them to dealers.
Chen confessed that they were selling weapons through the phone, delivering them to buyers who deposited cash in the gang’s bank account. Police seized three trucks of guns and knives in Hunan weighing in at 50 metric tons, an unprecedented amount.
According to cops, the cost of making a gun is around 100 yuan, although one can sell for around 5,000 yuan.
The Ministry of Public Security launched a campaign to crack down on illegal gun trade in 2012, since confiscating and destroying over 100,000 of them.
This makes that weapon stash seized by Shanghai Metro authorities before Spring Festival look like chump change.
Previously on Shanghaiist: How easy is it to buy guns online in China?
[Images via China Daily]