Eleven arrested in Lisbon and Faro police raids

Eleven people were arrested this week in a series of police raids carried out by PSP police in Lisbon and Faro.

The raids started on Monday in multiple areas of Lisbon, where police were looking for guns. They continued on Tuesday, when officers arrested eight people and confiscated five guns and two non-firearm weapons in the neighbourhoods of Ameixoeira, Benfica, Alta de Lisboa, Amadora and São Julião do Tojal.

Speaking to RTP3, police spokesperson Carlos Resende da Silva said the raids aimed at preventing weapons from being used in quarrels like “fights between neighbours”.

He also assured that the raids weren’t related to Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris.

Tuesday also saw PSP police carrying out drugs raids in a Faro neighbourhood near the town’s fire station. Three men were arrested and an undisclosed number of weapons and drugs were confiscated.

According to PSP Faro commissioner Hugo Marado, the trio had a record of drug dealing – one of them is even accused of stabbing someone – and the neighbourhood was often used for selling drug.

Marado, cited by regional online newspaper Sulinformação, added that the raids have helped increase the “feeling of security” in the area.

By MICHAEL BRUXO | [email protected]