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Remands after pistol found

A 40-year-old man and 26-year-old woman were remanded in custody for seven days yesterday by the Famagusta District Court in connection with charges of possessing a firearm, explosive device and drugs.

According to Famagusta police spokesman Giorgos Economou, at around 3pm on Wednesday, acting on information gathered, members of the Drugs Squad stopped a car driven by the 26-year-old Bulgarian woman in Ayia Napa to carry out a search of the vehicle. Her 40-year-old boyfriend, a Cypriot of South African origin, was driving behind her on a high-powered motorcycle.

During a search, police found a bag on the 40-year-old man which allegedly contained a Beretta pistol loaded with eight bullets and half a gram of cocaine on the 26-year-old woman.

The two were arrested while police continued their search at the home where both live in Kapparis in the Paralimni area. There, they found 21 grams of cocaine and two grams of cannabis.

Police then searched the shop both manage in the Kapparis area where an explosive device was found.

Explosives experts were called to the scene to diffuse the device.

Economou said the Famagusta criminal investigation department and drugs squad were investigating possible charges of conspiracy to commit a crime, possession of drugs, intent to supply drugs, and possession of a firearm and explosives without a licence.

“We are convinced that once again, police have prevented a criminal activity and our aim is to get the mastermind behind it,” said Economou.

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