Just like a scene from Lock, Stock... Blata l-Bajda den fortified with steel windows and CCTV

Media reports have revealed that the residence was being rented from someone who is serving a prison sentence 

Apart from the security behind the front door of the drug den, an unconscious woman was also found inside the Blata l-Bajda den.
Apart from the security behind the front door of the drug den, an unconscious woman was also found inside the Blata l-Bajda den.

Further details about a drug den recently raided by the police paint a picture reminiscent of gangster movie Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

More details have come to light following the arrests of three men and a woman in a drug raid at Blata l-Bajda, with police investigations providing an insight into what was really going on inside the unassuming private residence.

According to TVM.com.mt, the apartment was fortified with steel-barred windows, was fitted with CCTV cameras and had stone slabs placed behind the front door to make it difficult for police to enter. 

Behind the slabs, another steel door with a hole in it was fitted by the alleged drug dealers. Sources said that the hole was probably used to allow the dealers to pass the drugs through without having to come out of the residence. 

During the raid, the three men and women present inside the apartment allegedly tried to destroy the drugs by dumping them in acid, with media reports saying that the persons arrested may also be charged with tampering with evidence. 

Heroin, cocaine and small bags of marijuana were found inside the apartment, which is allegedly being rented out from an individual who is serving a prison sentence. 

The raid was carried out in Mountbatten Street by the Special Intervention Unit, and after evacuating the street and telling residents to stay inside their homes, smoke grenades were used while police personnel entered the residence. 

Police had to use power tools to gain access to the house from the second floor, due to the windows being barred by the occupants. 

The three men aged between 20 and 42, and a woman aged 48 were then arrested by the police.

One of the arrested was found unconscious – thought to be due to the consumption of drugs – just like in the scene from Lock, Stock... when a gang of criminals makes its way inside a cannabis growers safehouse. 

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