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Remand after cannabis haul

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A 37-year-old man from Greece was remanded in custody for eight days yesterday by the Larnaca district court after police allegedly found almost 15kg of cannabis in his luggage at Larnaca airport.

Acting on information that drugs were being imported into Cyprus, members of the drugs squad cooperated with the customs authorities at Larnaca airport to conduct searches on passengers’ luggage on Monday.

At around 10pm the same day, they allegedly found 14.677kg of cannabis in 12 nylon bags in the luggage of the 37-year-old Greek Pontian who had arrived from Amsterdam via Athens.

According to police, the man confessed that he was due to deliver the drugs to some unknown person outside the airport who would have recognised him by his suitcase.

On further investigation, the drugs squad found that the 37-year-old left Athens on June 22 for Belgium carrying one travel bag.

In Belgium, he allegedly got into a waiting taxi which had a second person inside and travelled to Amsterdam by road.

In the Dutch capital, the 37-year-old allegedly picked up two suitcases, one his and one with the drugs inside.

On receiving instructions, he went to Amsterdam airport on Monday where he picked up his flight ticket and departed for Larnaca, travelling via Athens.

According to the drugs squad, the man confessed that he received upfront €400 and a mobile phone for his services, while his associates paid for his stay in Amsterdam and flight to Cyprus.

Had the delivery of the drugs gone according to plan outside Larnaca airport, the 37-year-old allegedly said he would have received another €500 which would have been arranged through a phone call using the mobile phone given to him.

The 37-year-old was remanded in custody for eight days yesterday.

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