By Constantinos Psillides
Four people were remanded for eight by the Larnaca District Court on Friday after they were discovered working in an apparent cocaine lab in Oroklini village.
According to Drug Squad chief Gavriel Gavriel, police officers raided a house in Oroklini at around 12.30am on Friday and came upon what appeared to be a cocaine lab with four people working there. A 37-year-old man old from Greece, two Bulgarian men aged 52 and 41 and a 39-year-old Bulgarian woman were arrested on the premises.
One of the suspects tried to escape by exiting the back door of the house but was apprehended by the officers waiting outside.
Drug Squad officers confiscated 1,640 grammes of cocaine, lab equipment that was used for cutting the drug, acetone, sugar, hydrochloric acid, a precision scale and blenders.
Police also tracked down two shops in Larnaca where the lab equipment seemed to have originated.
According to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) the suspects gave conflicting explanations as to why they were found in the premises.
“This brings the total of cocaine busts this year to 25 kilos,” Gavriel told the press, explaining that this was a 500 per cent rise in cocaine confiscation. “We usually confiscate five kilos every year. This is a major increase.”
A contact book containing a number of phone numbers was also discovered at the scene.