Andreas Gregoriou, 34, from Livadia village, Larnaca district, was sentenced to 14 years in jail by the Larnaca Assize Court, after being found guilty of importing 100kgs of the synthetic drug mephedrone with the intent to distribute.
The 34-year-old was arrested on May 24, 2014 when he attempted to clear four plastic barrels containing the drug through customs at Larnaca airport. The barrels had arrived from Mumbai, India, through Dubai.
When the 34-year-old signed all documents – he was planning to ship the drugs to London – Drugs Squad officers arrested him. They found €1,000 in his possession along with documents to ship the barrels to the UK.
A 50-year-old man from Potamia village was also arrested after police found his name on the manifest. After spending 11 months in jail, the 50-year-old was cleared of all charges on May 5.
The court threw out the charge of conspiracy to commit a felony, after it became apparent that the 34-year-old was acting alone.