In a bizarre incident, Peruvian police drugs-squad members dressed up as Santa Claus and an elf and entered a house in Lima. The squad, however, swooped into the house not to deliver gifts but to capture a suspected cocaine and dope dealer as part of an anti-drug operation.
Last week, the squad dressed up in red, green and white outfits with flak jackets underneath and arrived at the location in an undercover van. They then broke into the house with a large hammer to apprehend their suspect.
In a footage of the raid filmed by police, one of the agents, while pinning the suspect to the ground, yells: “We are the police, we are the green squad, this is an anti-drug operation.”
The Peruvian police say that these kind of raids where the police come disguised have brought some notable successes in recent years. For the Peruvian police, the tactic of launching raids particularly to take down drug gangs using operatives in dress-up is quite a common practice.
A policeman claimed that the man they arrested had been videotaped selling drugs outside his home near a school. Upon raiding the house, hundreds of small bags that appeared to contain drugs, a revolver and a balaclava, were recovered.
“With the results we are seeing, a significant amount of drugs has been confiscated, both marijuana and basic cocaine paste in ketes (small packages of drugs), a firearm has also been seized,” NDTV quoted Colonel Fredy Velasquez, head of the Grupo Terna drugs squad, as saying.