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Drug smuggler jailed for 10 years

Larnaca courthouse

Bulgarian Atanas Mitev Atanasov, 44, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday by the Larnaca Assize Court after he was found guilty to charges of possession of two kilos of cocaine.

Atanasov was arrested on November 23, 2014, when he arrived at the Larnaca airport from Sao Paolo, Brazil, via Dubai.

Following a search of his luggage by members of the Customs department and the police drug squad, two kilos of cocaine were found and seized.

The 44-year-old was arrested and charged with smuggling and possession of drugs, intent to sell to others, and conspiracy to commit a felony.

In Wednesday’s ruling, the Assize Court handed Atanasov a 10-year jail sentence for smuggling the cocaine, and an additional 10 years for possession of a controlled substance.

The two sentences are concurrent.

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