Narcotics, firearms and uniforms seizedSunday, April 20, 2014
100 arrested after raids in Greater BA
Over 100 people were arrested and 85 weapons seized yesterday as a result of 46 simultaneous raids carried out by the Buenos Aires Provincial police in the districts of Lomas de Zamora, Lanús and Avellaneda.
400 police officers were said to have participated in the operations.
Hugo Matzkin, the Buenos Aires Province police superintendent, oversaw the operation. He explained that the raids were conducted as part of a new “operational strategy” that has divided the southern Greater Buenos Aires into two sections, one from Quilmes to La Plata and another that includes Lomas de Zamora, Lanús and Avellaneda.
Firearms and uniforms confiscated
Of the firearms recovered, nine were classified as rifles and the haul included two homemade shotguns, known as tumberas. These were reported to have a calibre of 12.70 millimetres. Some of the rifles were of the same calibre and make as those used by police units and are considered to be high-powered weapons.
Four kilogrammes of marijuana were confiscated, along with 200 grammes of cocaine, cash presumed to be the proceeds of illicit activity, as well as 12 vehicles, 29 motorcycles and two quadbikes.
Police uniforms were also found, most notably vests and caps used by the Federal Police as well as the narcotics units of the Buenos Aires Provincial police.
Matzkin said that the police suspect that those detained operated in cells and that the police uniforms were used as cover to commit crimes.
All of those arrested have been “made available to the justice system” according to the police.
Herald with DyN, Télam