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PSP of Lisbon makes 53 arrests, 39 related to football celebrations - 19 /05/ 2019

The PSP has made 53 arrests between Saturday morning and today 19th May, 39 of which related to the festivities of the winning of the football league by Benfica, the PSP said.

A note from the PSP revealed that, as part of the operational activity of the Lisbon Metropolitan Command, through surveillance operations in a 24-hour period, since 9:00 am on Saturday, “made 53 arrests”, of which 17 were for “Illegal possession of pyrotechnic devices”.

The remaining detainees are: drunk driving  (ten), driving without a license, illegal possession of a weapon (6),  drug trafficking (5), execution of arrest warrant  (3), disobedience (2) and theft” (one).

Most arrests for possession of pyrotechnics are related to the celebrations of winning the title of Portuguese football champion by Sport Lisboa e Benfica, which lasted the night in Marquês de Pombal Square, a PSP source told Lusa.

The operations also led to the seizure of 103.91 grams of hashish, corresponding to 207.82 individual doses of consumption, explained the PSP in the same statement.

Benfica secured their 37th Portuguese league title on Saturday with a 4-1 win at home to Santa Clara, who finished with 87 points, two more than FC Porto.


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