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Seized cocaine was likely smuggled inside the bodies of several people

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A large amount of cocaine seized on Sunday at Larnaca airport was probably smuggled inside the bodies of several people at some stage, investigators reported in court on Monday.
The case at Larnaca court centred on a 23-year-old man who was arrested on Sunday at Larnaca airport with over 4.5 kilos of cocaine hidden inside eight cylindrical plastic chocolate containers.
According to the examiner of the case, the 23-year-old Malaysian national arrived just before noon at Larnaca airport from Dubai.
When the man’s luggage was searched, officers found eight containers with 242 separate packs of cocaine weighing 4.528kg in total, police alleged. The court was told that the packs strongly smelled of faeces, indicating that they had been transferred inside the bodies of several people, since the amount was too big to be hidden in one person.
From information gathered, police believe the suspect to be a member of a drug trafficking gang who imported the drugs for distribution in Cyprus.
The suspect has reportedly made some claims which will be investigated. However, the fact that he only speaks Malay has made the investigation very difficult, according to a statement.
Police believe the drugs originated in a Latin American country and have requested the assistance of INTERPOL to find out more about the journey the man made to Cyprus.
Investigators are seeking the 23-year-old’s partners and more specifically the person who recruited him and supplied him with the drugs. They are also investigating who the intended recipients of the drugs were.
The suspect was remanded for seven days.

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