Police in Holguin Pursue a Cuban and Three Foreigners / Juan Juan Almeida
Juan Juan Almeida, 23 January 2017 — At nine at night on 19 January in
the Pueblo Nuevo neighborhood in the eastern province of Holguin,
suddenly out of nothing there was a bustling scene of police chase going
after a Cuban citizen and three foreigners, carrying cocaine in a white
car with tourism plates.
"On Thursday afternoon there was an alert about an exchange of gunfire
between unknown subjects very close to the Damian River in Yareyal. The
police responded but the subjects had already absconded," says a person
who unwittingly was a witness, and very kindly sent us a sketch of the
route followed by the cars during the raid.
The pursuit began in Yareyal People's Council, a little village between
Las Tunas and Holguin, next to the Central Highway, shortly after a
patrol car located the suspect vehicle heading toward Holguin.
Apparently, members of the anti-drug group suspected that the site was
being used by criminal gangs as a repeat hideout for drug shipments and
so they had set up a technical-police detection device.
After the accident on the Central Highway, and after having put the
drivers, residents and passers-by on this route in danger daily, the
pursuers turned at the corner of K Street with Juan Morena and continued
fleeing on foot.
"That shows they were not from here, and didn't know the area. On K
Street, where they decided to get out of the car and take off running,
they were surrounded because it's a dead-end alley and so they caught
them. They practically surrendered," said a person from Holguin, a
neighbor who lives on Juan Moreno Street.
"They were hot on the heels of the three guys, they let the tourist car
crash and with several bullet holes in the bad. The gunfire was set,
they got out of the car, ran toward K Street and there some armed and
hooded guards caught them, like in the American films.
"They took the pistols, and then let the dogs loose and they immediately
found the drugs in the trunk and under the seats. They took out several
packets which I assume were narcotics. They didn't allow me to take
photos, I took out my cellphone but they set up a security cordon and
didn't let me get close."
The suspected traffickers were arrested, they still haven't identified
them, and they're being held at a detention center on the outskirts of
Holguin province. These sites, which are scattered through the country,
and fulfill common and police functions they call "All the World Sings."
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