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12 years for import of cocaine

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A Greek national was on Tuesday sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to the import and possession of just over 4 kilograms of cocaine with intent to distribute.
Giorgos Demopoulos, 47, was found guilty on both counts, and handed a 12-year jail sentence for each count. The sentences will run concurrently.
In passing sentence, the criminal court said it took into account Demopoulos’ family and financial circumstances, the fact he would be serving his sentence in a country other than his own, his prior clean criminal record, as well as his cooperation with authorities from the outset.
According to the facts of the case, Demopoulos arrived at Larnaca airport on a flight from Athens on July 3 of this year. Drug Squad officers noticed he was behaving suspiciously, and flagged him for a screening at customs.
Demopoulos was the last to pick up his luggage from the carousel. On passing through customs, he was asked to place his luggage in the scanner, which detected four packages inside.
On prying open the luggage, officers discovered three packages wrapped in brown adhesive tape and a fourth wrapped in silver tape. Customs determined that the substance inside was cocaine, which when weighed came to 4.439 kilograms.
On being questioned by police, Demopoulos said he had been promised €3,000 for bringing the drugs to Cyprus. He claimed to be facing financial difficulties.

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