At least 14 persons, the majority Maltese, were arrested during a drugs raid at a warehouse in Triq il-Vittmi tal-Gwerra in Birkirkara. The Police operation, with the participation of three Police squads, was carried out following weeks of surveillance on the warehouse, which is suspected of serving as a nest for drug trafficking.
TVM is informed that some Italians and Britons are among the persons in police custody following the raid.
The police operation commenced at around 11.00 this morning when well-armed Police members of the Anti-Drug Squad, the Rapid Intervention Unit and from the Special Intervention Unit, encircled the warehouse and entered the building where they arrested the persons inside. The Police on-sight investigation lasted several hours, while at some moments the Civil Protection special vehicle – the HAZMAT – was also on site. This vehicle is used in cases were dangerous substances are present.
The police raid followed surveillance by Police units on suspicious movements in this road which consists of many garages. It is understood that police suspected that the warehouse was being used for the sale of drugs. The Police have not yet provided information of the result of its investigation.
During our presence on site following the police operation, despite the police presence, a man seemed unaware of the situation and entered in the area guarded by police officers. He was immediately stopped and a search was carried out on the man and his car. The man, a Maltese national, was also held in custody for more investigations after officers were seen seizing some objects from his vehicle.
Duty Magistrate Audrey Demicoli, was informed about the investigation and ordered an inquiry. Police investigations are ongoing.