A Swiss police officer was subjected to immediate investigations after being suspected to be involved in an illegal firearms business on the dark web.
The police officer played a senior role in the police department as the logistics chief of the Schwyz Cantonal Police.
Criminals perpetrate their activities using the dark web in many ways. After customers buy their products through darknet markets, it is always their hope to receive them on their end.
However, sometimes it is not always the case since the police have focused their efforts on tracking the sale of such illegal goods on the dark web.
The security agencies have learned how to unmask dark web criminals through organized trickery.
It was therefore not a hard task for the Swiss police to conduct their investigations to determine the source of the weapons.
Following the allegations, the Office of the Attorney General immediately got into speedy investigations after learning about the illegal business.
It was to determine if the chief police officer was really in violation of the War Material Act.
The War Material Act in Switzerland requires the holder to have an acquisition license except for the hunters.
It was during a thorough search on February 22 conducted by the Federal Office of Police in the suspect’s home that investigators came across a weapons cache so large that it required an extra van to transport.
The weapons cache was to be transported to the police station so it could be used as evidence against the Schwyz Cantonal Police logistics chief.
The Arrest and Findings
The suspect was later put in police custody for a pre-trial and released two months later.
The head of logistics denied the charges of being involved in illegal firearms trafficking and refused to speak out about the matter due to the ongoing investigations.
The investigations aimed to determine the source of the weapons as well as how the perpetrators were conducting the illegal trading.
The case involving a higher-level police officer has raised an alarm that there are possibilities of incompetent management, breach of official secrecy and favoritism.
The police officer could have taken advantage of his position to engage in such illegal activities.
The news caught the Schwyz Cantonal Police head, Damian Meier, as a surprise.
He expressed his shock when he heard that his former subordinate was being accused of engaging in illegal darknet armory deals, which resulted in his immediate suspension.
The officer’s suspension was to allow more investigations on the case in the mean time.
A further internal investigation was conducted, which cleared the air that indeed some service ammunitions were missing.
The missing service ammunitions were reportedly estimated to cost tens of thousands of francs.
However, during the internal investigation, the investigators did not come across any missing service weapons.
The End Game
Back in 2013, police officers in Southern Germany began to monitor a particular dark web network engaging in the trade of firearms.
It was as a result of these investigations that the chief of logistics of the Schwyz Cantonal Police was discovered to be involved in darknet armory deals.
The continued monitoring and tracking of the darknet firearms trade by the police officer made the investigation a success.
Hunters from Germany had reported hearing sounds in the forest of automatic weapons being fired. This was normal when the buyers were testing the firearms.
The police officers immediately engaged in a speedy investigation with a focus on a young firearm buyer at first but later targeted the seller who was believed to operate under the pseudonym “Clultimate.”
The police effort managed to arrest the individual who was believed to have been buying the illegal firearms.
He was sentenced in 2014 following an act of attacking and slaughtering three cows.
The logistics manager at the Schwyz Cantonal Police was linked to the weapon dealers at the time the weapons were being confiscated.
Reports are that the interested buyers were meeting Clultimate in a car lot. A nearby quarry was the testing ground for the traded weapons for the buyers.
Deep investigations conducted by the German police officers found that Clultimate comprised of two individuals: a major Schwyz supplier and a German retailer.
In August 2017, the person in charge of public prosecution had been informed about the illegal arms dealings but failed to take any actions.
Two months later, German investigators visited to offer mutual assistance in launching judicial efforts.
Investigations are ongoing by the Swiss authorities trying to determine the source of the weapons and the quantities that had already been traded.