Gun Busts in Taipei and Kaohsiung Turn up “Rare Weapons”

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

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Self-taught Gunsmith Arrested for Firearms and Drugs

A man in Pingtung was arrested after a police raid on his home firearms workshop in the early hours of the morning November 12. Although the raid occurred several days ago, media reports appeared today, November 15, the day after a man in Pingtung City was shot down on the street in broad daylight. Criminal investigation officers held the 45 year-old suspect under surveillance for several days before raiding his residence while he was asleep. Officers wanted to avoid a

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51 Shots Fired into House: Police Search for Gunman

At around 8:45am this morning in Tainan City, a man got out of a taxi, fired 51 shots into the garage door of a high-end residence, then entered another cab and fled. Police who arrived at the scene in Anping District recovered 51 bullet shells and 2 rounds of live ammunition scattered on the road. Fortunately, nobody was harmed in the incident as the residents were asleep on the third floor at the time, and the first floor only housed

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Machine Pistol Seized During Roadside Check

A Zoraki 914 automatic pistol was confiscated by police after a driver was pulled over for running a red light in Changhua City shortly after midnight today, November 5. While submitting the driver to an alcohol breath test, police noticed a case on the floor of the vehicle which the driver said contained a power tool. Police insisted on searching the box and found it contained an assault pistol, magazines, a silencer, and 48 rounds of ammunition. The Zoraki 914,

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Submachine Gun Among New Taipei City Arsenal

Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) officers arrested three men in New Taipei City yesterday and confiscated 8 guns including a Skorpion machine-pistol. Police made the arrests after investigating a 46 year-old man named Zheng (鄭), who was suspected of trafficking in black market firearms. Police had been tipped off to the operation last month. Yesterday afternoon, at around 4:00pm, police swooped on a construction company in Zhonghe District, where Zheng and his accomplices were believed to be making a transaction. The

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Man Arrested After Posting Lethal Weapon Video to Youtube

A 25 year old man was arrested in Taichung after police found Youtube videos demonstrating the lethal power of modified air-guns. A police criminal investigation unit in Taichung patrolling the Internet became suspicious when they saw air-guns offered for sale on an Internet auction site at up to 10 times the normal price. The videos associated with the ads demonstrated that the rifles and handguns had been modified to fire pellets that penetrated metal. A police officer posing as a

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Sub-Machine Gun and Grenade Found in Arrested Gangster’s Arsenal

Police discovered what they called “a small arsenal” of weapons after arresting a gangster wanted in relation to a kidnapping for ransom case. The haul included a sub-machine gun and a grenade. Earlier this year, during the Chinese New Year holidays, the son of a gang boss serving time in prison, was kidnapped and held for 14 hours. The kidnappers demanded a NT$5 million ransom. Police investigators had been working on the case for more than four months. After identifying

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Drive-by Shooting not a Simple Case of Road Rage: Police

At least 12 shots were fired at a Mercedes Benz from a BMW at around 1:00am this morning, as the cars were traveling on a road in Kaohsiung City. The driver received a gunshot wound to his back. The male driver, Mr Xie, 26, and his female passenger, Ms Chen, pulled up at a police station after the shooting. They told police the shooting was the result of a traffic dispute. Media reports this morning said that police found at

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Underground Arsenal Seized in Taoyuan

Police in Taoyuan arrested a 25 year old man with a gang background after they found him in possession of a weapons arsenal and 6 kilograms of ketamine. Among the weapons were a hand grenade, a sub-machine gun, 4 assault rifles, 13 handguns, and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Police arrested the man surnamed Xie after finding the weapons and drugs in his car.

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