A police force arrested Mohamed “El-Doksh” Hafez, head of a notorious drug cartel, on Sunday after previous raids to arrest cartel members resulted in the killing of eight police officers.
A raid on the drug lord’s hideout in Qaliubiya’s Al-Gaafra saw cooperation between the Central Security Forces (CSF), the general security division of the Interior Ministry, and the Qaliubiya security directorate to arrest El-Doksh and a number of his men.
Cartel members Mohamed “Korea” Waheed and Mohamed “Mashkel” Gouda were killed earlier this month in a shootout with security forces during an attempt to arrest the two in the province’s Al-Gaafara district. Both were accused of killing police officers in Shubra Al-Khaima police station.
Their murder came after two police raids in North Cairo and Al-Qaliubiya failed to arrest the heads of Al-Doksh drug cartel.
According to the Interior Ministry and state-run newspaper reports, the first raid took place on 13 March when a police force from Al-Qaliubiya’s Al-Khanka police station attempted to arrest El-Doksh. The force was ambushed, and two officers and three informants were killed.
A second raid in Cairo’s Al-Zawya Al-Hamra by another police station took place Thursday in an attempt to arrest one of El-Doksh’s assistants, Korea, who was suspected by the police of murdering one of the officers in the first raid. Another police officer was killed during the raid and two police officers were injured.
The police force that arrested El-Doksh also seized weapons, including an RPG and different types of guns, ammunition, and money.