A group of Maltese heroin dealers set a Marsa stable alight while horses and donkeys were locked inside it in a desperate attempt to flee the police during a raid last night.
Police said five Maltese people, aged between 22 and 39, were arrested in Triq is-Serkin – between the Marsa Horse Racing Track and the MaltaPost headquarters – after they were found in possession of over 1kg of ready-packaged heroin.
During the raid, some of the suspects had locked themselves up inside a stable, which was housing horses, a donkey, ducks and birds, and allegedly set the stable on fire in an attempt to flee the scene. The police, with the help of firefighters, managed to save all the animals from burning alive on time and arrested the heroin dealers.
The five men, who hail from Birkirkara, Marsa, Bormla and Hamrun, will in the coming days be prosecuted on charges of heroin trafficking, animal cruelty, and breaching bail conditions.