Three persons – two Maltese men aged 34 and 36 years and residing respectively in Hamrun and Imsida, and a 29-year-old Libyan residing in Marsascala – were arrested late on Sunday evening during a raid carried out in Marsa by Anti-Drug Squad officers.
TVM was on the scene shortly afterwards at around 7.30pm, when all the roads leading to Triq it-Tiġrija were closed off by the traffic Police. At the same time the Anti-Drug Squad Police together with the Special Intervention Unit, wearing balaclavas and shields and carrying weapons, entered the building in Triq it-Tiġrija.
Inside the building, the police found a Maltese man who was unconscious, probably from an overdose. An ambulance took the man to Mater Dei where it is understood that he is in serious condition.
Sources who spoke to TVM said that the building is a hive of drug-trafficking activity which had been under police surveillance for the last few days. Cocaine, heroin and sachets allegedly containing the cannabis plant, as well as items relating to consumption and trafficking, were found in the building. Crime scene officers also arrived to remove the evidence.
Magistrate Neville Camilleri is conducting an inquiry into the case. This is the second Police raid in the past two days, following another one in Sliema in which three other persons were arrested.
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