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Two men found guilty of possessing cocaine with intent to supply

Two men, aged 58 and 39, were on Tuesday found guilty by the Famagusta court of illegally importing and possessing cocaine with intent to supply.

The oldest, Sotiri Athini, responsible for coordinating the whole stunt, is already behind bars for another case and organised everything from his cell with Andreas Alexandrou, 39, following his orders and acting as a mediator between Athini and Christo Costaki, 50, and Reno Zertali, 49.

The crimes were committed between March 1, 2014 and April 19, 2014. Two kilos and 594 grams of cocaine were illegally imported through Cairo from Sao Paolo by Costaki. He was to receive a €5,000 for doing so.

The drug squad however searched him and found the interior of his luggage had splits in with two plastic bags covered with baking sheets containing the cocaine, placed inside. He was arrested on the spot and later handed the drugs over to Zertali in Nicosia in a controlled procedure under police surveillance.

Police proceeded to arrest Zertali who testified against the three co-defendants.

Alexandrou’s statements, not made under oath, were rejected as they were “self serving” the criminal court decided.

Athini and Alexandrou were convicted of conspiring to commit a felony, importing the cocaine on April 19, 2014, and illegally possessing with intent to supply.

On August 31 the defence lawyers will present the mitigation.

Last year Costaki and Zertali were sentenced to nine and 11 years in prison respectively after they admitted to charges they faced.

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