By Constantinos Psillides
Eight years jail time was on Tuesday handed down to 34-year-old Andreas Georgiou from Larnaca after he was found guilty for importing almost 2kg of cocaine with the intent to distribute.
According to the Cyprus News Agency, he came to Cyprus from Sao Paolo in Brazil through Abu Dhabi. Drug Squad officers stationed at the airport followed Georgiou, finding his behaviour suspicious.
After he collected his luggage, Georgiou got in a car waiting for him outside the airport. Two men were also in the car. Police chased the vehicle and managed to corner it at a petrol station near the airport.
Checking Georgiou’s luggage they found four blocks of cocaine hidden in a secret compartment in Georgiou’s travel bag.
Questioned by the police, Georgiou claimed he was paid €6,000 to transport the cocaine from Brazil.
Explaining the verdict, the judge said that the 34-year-old’s clean record, the fact that he immediately admitted to the crime, that he is working with the Drug Squad and that he will be used as a prosecution witness against the other two men, 35-year old Kyriakos Kyriakou from Livadia village and 31-year old Constantinos Ioakim from Larnaca.
Both are charged with conspiring to commit a crime and importing 2 kilos of cocaine with the intent to distribute.
The trial is set for June 2.