Cyprus Mail

Woman in remand after drugs found at airport

A 27-year-old Dutch woman was remanded in custody for eight days on Saturday in connection with possession and trafficking of 16.5kg of cannabis found in her suitcase at Larnaca airport.

Police said the woman arrived from Amsterdam, via Bucharest, on Friday at 11.35pm and her behaviour drew the attention of drug squad officers at customs.

She was asked to open her suitcase but the suspect said it was locked and she did not have the keys.

Officers opened the case and inside they found 14 packages containing cannabis, which the woman claimed she was carrying for other people.

Police believe there are more drugs, thought to be carried by an individual who was travelling with the suspect.

Authorities believe the woman is part of an international gang that ships drugs from the Netherlands to Cyprus and will be seeking the help of Interpol.

Some 90 minutes earlier in Limassol, police arrested three suspects – two Greek Cypriots aged 53 and 30, and a Greek woman, 35 – in connection with possession and trafficking of 1.1kg of cocaine.

The 53-year-old is a taxi driver, who was carrying the pair who reportedly arrived through the Tympou airport in the Turkish-occupied north.

Police intercepted the taxi near the Yermasoyia roundabout and a search of the suspects’ luggage found three packages containing the cocaine.

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