Police in Taipei and Kaohsiung reported busting criminal firearms operations in separate and unrelated cases today. In both cases weapons described as rare were found, including modern sub machine guns and a WWII pistol.
In Taipei City criminal investigation division police from Beitou Police Bureau raided a betel nut stand operating as a front for firearms dealing by members of the Bamboo Union gang. The raid, which occurred last night, was the culmination of an investigation spanning several months.
Police waited until a suspect entered the shop carrying a large, bulky bag, then charged in and suppressed the owner and two other suspects. Two sub machine guns and 61 bullets were confiscated. The firearms consisted of a Turkish made Zoraki 914 and a TEC-9/KG-99.
Police noted that the TEC-9 was rarely seen in Taiwan. The weapon is controversial even in the gun-friendly USA, where versions of the weapon have been used in mass shootings, including the 1989 Cleveland School massacre, and the Columbine High School massacre.
The Zoraki 914 has been involved in two previous firearm-related cases reported on by Taiwan English News so far this month.
WWII Pistol among Kaohsiung Gangster’s Arsenal
Police in Kaohsiung City confiscated four handguns after arresting a suspect on firearms and drugs offenses. The arrest occurred 2 days ago, November 14, and was reported in Liberty Times Network today.
Three of the handguns were replica or non-lethal weapons modified to fire real bullets, while one was a genuine .45 caliber Colt M1911. The M1911 was a standard US military pistol issued to officers and was also used by the ROC military on Taiwan in the 1950s.
Twenty-three bullets were also found along with tools and parts to modify guns, a small quantity of heroin, and 70.2 grams of amphetamine.