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Greek couple found guilty of drug smuggling

Two Greek nationals, found guilty of importing and possessing close to 20 kilos of green dry cannabis plant material with intent to supply are set to be sentenced on January 19 at Larnaca Famagusta criminal court.

Panagiotis Sideris, 52 and his wife Vasiliki Pouliou, 47 were found guilty after they were arrested on September 25 last year at Larnaca airport.

Sideris arrived to Cyprus from Athens and as he was deemed suspicious, a search in his bag found 10 wrapped and covered cylindrical packages containing green dry cannabis plant material weighing 12 kilos and 496 grammes.

His hand luggage contained a boarding pass for Pouliou, and her return e-ticket. Though they arrived together, she managed to leave the airport without undergoing any security checks.

Realising her husband had not come through she hid her bag in the airport and went to the arrivals gate where she left several missed calls on his phone. After failing to reach him, she turned to airport security.

A drug squad officer approached her and upon asking for her luggage she led him to the hideout.

Nine packages were found in her bag containing 11 kilos and 150 grams of green dry cannabis plant material.

Court heard Sideris admitted his guilt and said the couple had picked up the items from a woman in Athens. They had strict orders to hand them over to people in Cyprus, who the couple claims they do not know as the recipients had not made contact when they landed in Cyprus.

They were to receive €1,500 for every package they handed over.

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