Peruvian police disguise themselves as Santa Claus and elves for drug raid

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The festive operation, which took place on December 5 in Lima, resulted in four arrests, according to a statement from the Peruvian National Police released on Wednesday.

Police recorded the raid in a video that shows officers breaking through a door to a house before arresting a man in a blue t-shirt.

Officers also seized 1,187 small packets of coca paste, cocaine waste; 166 small packets of marijuana; a .38 caliber pistol and five bullets, the statement said.

Police turned the four arrested men over to public prosecutors, the police spokesperson told CNN, and they face three to seven years in prison.

The officers involved come from an undercover unit known as Grupo Terna, which is in the form of using disguises during operations.

In 2016, the unit conducted another raid in disguise as Santa Claus and elves, and they are also known to disguise themselves as the homeless.

“Grupo Terna agents disguise themselves to carry out their police operations without being discovered,” the spokesperson said.

And the Peruvian police are not the only force to get into the festive spirit.

Cops dressed as Santa Claus and his elf sprang into action when they saw a car stolen on December 10, police in Riverside, Calif., Said.

The plainclothes police officer and detective were outside a busy shopping mall as part of a holiday crackdown when they saw three men stealing a Honda CR-V in the parking lot, according to a Facebook post from the Riverside Police Department. page.

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