Explosive discovery

EXPLOSIVES WERE discovered by GNR officers while carrying out an investigation at a construction site in Caldas da Monchique on February 6.

Officers had gone to the site to investigate agricultural fuel that was allegedly being used in the construction machinery. While examining fuel deposits, an officer found explosives in plastic bags next to a diesel motor.

The items seized included dynamite, plastic capsules, electric detonators and an initiator. Portuguese law declares that all explosives should have supporting documentation.

PSP weapons specialists were called to the scene and confirmed that the explosives were unregistered. The material was then taken to Faro and destroyed.

A managing partner from the Lagoa-based firm responsible for the site materials could be charged for holding prohibited weapons. If convicted, he could face between two and six years in prison.

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