A gang of drug dealers in Peru got a nasty surprise when Santa and a merry band of elves broke down their door, cuffed them and seized their merchandise in an unusual bust announced Monday.
Agents disguised as the ruddy, white-bearded figure from the North Pole and several of his helpers, entered an unsafe neighborhood of Lima called Surquillo on Saturday.
The group ambled innocently down a street until suddenly they stopped at a house. In a scene more akin to a comedy skit than a police raid, one of Santa's helpers brought out an enormous hammer, broke down the front door and the group forced their way inside.
Instead of greeting the occupants with a jolly cheer, agents screamed at them to freeze and lay down on the floor.
Police official David Villanueva told Peruvian TV: “It being Christmas, a Santa in the street does not attract much attention, and we used this to our advantage for this operation.”
The suspects, three men and a woman, initially thought it was a joke, said Villanueva.