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Remand for suspect in airport drugs haul

Larnaca Courthouse

By George Psyllides

A GREEK national tried to import some 17 kilos of cannabis in a black suitcase that smelled of menthol, the Larnaca district court heard on Thursday.

The 24-year-old was arrested at Larnaca airport on Wednesday with a stash of 16.8 kilos of cannabis in 15 packages wrapped in plastic.

He was remanded in custody for eight days pending the investigation into the case.

The man arrived on the island from Athens at 11am and a customs officer noticed that his suitcase smelled like “Vicks” — understood to be the mentholated cream used to treat colds and coughs.

The suspect was stopped when he went through the ‘nothing to declare gate’ and his suitcase was put through the x-ray machine.

Police said the suspect expressed the desire to cooperate with the authorities but efforts to make additional arrests were fruitless.

Authorities have some clues regarding the identity of the supplier who is believed to be abroad.

The recipients of the drugs are being sought and police will go through footage from the security cameras in a bid to locate possible collaborators.

Police said Wednesday’s was the fifth large drugs seizure in recent weeks.

On May 22, authorities seized 7,000 ecstasy pills and eight days later 25 kilos of cannabis.

Early this month, police confiscated 7,500 pills.

On May 24, authorities found and seized 112 of mephedrone –a synthetic stimulant related to amphetamines and cathinone class drugs.

Two suspects arrested for that case appeared before the Larnaca Criminal Court on Thursday.

Andreas Gregoriou, 34, denied the charges while he co-defendant, 50-year-old Neophytos Theodorou, requested legal aid.

After this, the case was adjourned for July 2.

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