‘Operation Marvel’: Police dress up as superheroes for drug raid in Peru

The officers, who put on the hero costumes to disguise themselves as performers at a nearby school, arrested four people on the suspicion of belonging to a criminal organization

Officers in the Peruvian National Police dressed up as superheroes to carry out a drug raid on Saturday. The police officers put on Spider-Man, Captain America, Thor and Batman costumes in an effort to appear as performers who were entertaining children at a nearby school.

The mission, dubbed “Operation Marvel,” targeted members of a suspected drug gang in Lima, the capital of Peru. Four people were arrested on the suspicion of belonging to a criminal organization, and coca paste, marijuana and cocaine hydrochloride were also seized.

EL PAÍS spoke to police chief David Villanueva about the operation.

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