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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Former Policeman Arrested for Trading Weapons

Security forces in Russia's western Kaliningrad enclave have broken up an arms-smuggling gang led by a former police officer and confiscated explosives and other weapons, an official said Tuesday.

Russian transport police, a division of the country's Interior Ministry forces, arrested the former police major on Thursday in the town of Sovetsk in the Kaliningrad region, about 1,000 kilometers west of Moscow.

The man had previously worked in a regional anti-organized crime unit, said Alexander Glushkov, a duty officer with the transport police. Authorities confiscated 2.35 kilograms of TNT explosives, a pistol and bullets, he said.

Russian police and military personnel are poorly paid and multiple cases of servicemen selling weapons have been reported in recent years.