Spanish police release photos of 3D printed gun factory bust in Tenerife
Spanish police dismantled an illegal workshop that used 3D printers to produce guns for a suspected right-wing group.
Images released on Sunday show officers in Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, leading the joint operation with the Treasury office.
The operation took place on September 14 last year but was kept under wraps by order of a judge until police were allowed to release details on Sunday.
The facility housed working 3D printing equipment that could craft gun barrels in just two minutes, Spain’s National Police said in a statement.
There were also textbooks on terrorism, urban guerrilla warfare and how to make explosives at home using a 3D printer, as well as literature on white supremacy and a pistol holster bearing the insignia of the German army during World War II.
A specialized team of dogs from the police TEDAX bomb squad sniffed chemicals that could be used to make explosives, the statement said.
A man was arrested during the raid. A police report said 3D printing of weapons was part of a new emerging threat of illegal arms trafficking in Europe.
He cited a terrorist attack in Germany in October 2019, where a Jewish synagogue was attacked with a rifle made with a 3D printer.