US, China dismantle arms traffic

A rare law enforcement cooperation between Chinese and US police saw a total of 105 guns, some 50,000 bullets and gun components confiscated as well as 26 people arrested in both countries. The 10-month investigation was triggered by the seizure of parcels, declared as amplifiers but containing pistols and rifle parts at Shanghai international airport in August 2011. Possesion of firearms is prohibited and punishable by jail in China.

Among those arrested are a staff sergeant with the US National Guard and a 25-year-old Chinese native, living in the US, who allegedly organised storage and smuggling of firearms over the Internet.

The action comes less than a year after Chinese and US authorities jointly closed down a network of child pornography sites.

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