Four suspects aged between 25 and 37 were arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation with the assistance of the National Intervention Unit and the District Illegal Mining Task Team during a disruptive operation.
The suspects were allegedly found in possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition at Vaal Reefs 5 Shaft hostel in Orkney.
During the search, the team discovered firearms and ammunition. Both firearms’ serial numbers were obliterated and the items were seized for further investigation.
Meanwhile, the suspects are expected to make their first appearance before the Orkney District Court on 14 January 2021.