Officers donned the festive disguises as part of a crackdown on a notorious drugs gang that was found with 4,564 cocaine paste wrappings hidden across three houses
Anti-drugs police dressed as Father Christmas to smash their way into a drug dealer's home using sledgehammers they had stashed in their sacks.
The Peruvian unit donned the festive disguises as they raided a suspected drug house and arrested four alleged drug traffickers in the Lima district of Comas.
Dramatic footage shows two Santas racing towards the house, surrounded by plain-clothed officers, before they whip out a battering ram and smash through the front door.
Officers said they arrested members of the 'Pinto' clan and seized 4,564 cocaine paste wrappings hidden in three houses.
Suspect Victor Pinto Carrasco, 60, who was the head of the family-run gang, was arrested along with a number of his relatives, according to local media reports.
As one of the arrested men was being led out by police, a woman was heard shouting abuse at him, telling him: "I told you moron! I'm going to make your life hell, I can assure you! I told you! You are evil!"
The suspects had allegedly used their homes as a drug dispatch centre to gangs, criminals and addicts in the area of Collique.
Dramatic footage shows two Santas racing towards the house before they whip out a battering ram and smash through the front door
Colonel Jorge Luis Angulo, chief of the Green squad in charge of the raid, said using disguises in the operation facilitates the elements of speed and surprise.
"There is a Santa Claus who is also doing his Christmas campaign work, however he has a mallet.
"He breaks down the door because he has judicial authorisation, so that makes it easier for us to be able to raid, quickly penetrate that property and be able to arrest the people inside, obviously involved in the issue of selling small amounts," Angulo said.
Suspect Victor Pinto Carrasco, 60, who was the head of the family-run gang, was arrested along with a number of his relatives
The four suspects were presented to the media and were placed at the disposal of the Joint Provincial Prosecutor of Condevilla, in Comas.
Peru is virtually tied with Colombia as the world's top cocaine producer.
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By Rachel Bishop - The Mirror/Dec. 13 2016
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