Police in Peru make drug bust while dressed as Santa Claus

The festively-dressed officers seized 4,564 cocaine paste wrappings hidden in three houses.

By REUTERS
December 14, 2016 20:04
1 minute read.

Police officer in Peru makes drug bust while dressed as Santa Claus (CREDIT: Reuters)

Police officer in Peru makes drug bust while dressed as Santa Claus (CREDIT: Reuters)

Peruvian anti-drug units dressed as Santa Claus over the weekend raided a suspected drug house and arrested four alleged drug traffickers in the Lima district of Comas.

Video footage showed how the disguised police officers, from an undercover police group, took weapons out of their Christmas sack before raiding the property where the alleged criminals were hiding.

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The police officers said they arrested four members of the 'Pinto' clan and seized 4,564 cocaine paste wrappings hidden in three houses.

According to local media reports, one of the detainees was named as sixty-year-old Victor Pinto Carrasco. The others are reportedly related to him.

The suspects had allegedly used their homes as a drug dispatch center to gangs, criminals and addicts in the area of Collique.

Police escorted the arrested men into a waiting police vehicle.

As one of the arrested men was being led out by police, a woman was heard shouting abuse at him, telling him: "I told you moron! I'm going to make your life hell, I can assure you! I told you! You are evil!"

Colonel Jorge Luis Angulo, chief of the Green squad in charge of the raid, said using disguises in the operation facilitates the elements of speed and surprise.

"There is a Santa Claus who is also doing his Christmas campaign work, however he has a mallet. He breaks down the door because he has judicial authorization, so that makes it easier for us to be able to raid, quickly penetrate that property and be able to arrest the people inside, obviously involved in the issue of selling small amounts," Angulo told Reuters.

The four suspects were presented to the media and were placed at the disposal of the Joint Provincial Prosecutor of Condevilla, in Comas.

Peru is virtually tied with Colombia as the world's top cocaine producer.


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