Three arrested for running gun-smuggling racket

Three men, aged 35, 45 and 55, have been arrested in Patra, western Greece, on suspicion of running a gun-smuggling racket following a sting operation by undercover police officers posing as buyers.

The officers contacted the 35-year-old Greek-Albanian suspect to set up the purchase of seven firearms in central Athens.

The initial contact took the officers to his 45-year-old Albanian accomplice to negotiate the 9,000-euro transaction, which was completed near Piraeus on Monday when officers met all three suspects on a street in Keratsini and arrested them.