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Police seize explosives and drugs, arrest four suspects (updated)

Four suspects were remanded in custody for four days on Thursday after authorities found a large quantity of explosives, seven kilos of cocaine, and five kilos of cannabis in Ypsonas, Limassol.

The four men, aged 36, 38, 45, and 62, appeared before a court in the British sovereign bases (SBA) which have jurisdiction in the area.

The drugs and TNT were found during a search on Wednesday, of premises located inside a fenced area at the village of Ypsonas.

It was a joint operation between SBA and Republic police involving 20 officers. It took place between 4.30pm and 9pm.

Reports said it was one of the biggest drugs and explosives seizures in the SBA.

Police also seized €38,000 in cash from the homes of two of the suspects. At one of the houses, police also found a large number of mobile phones.

Police spokesman Andreas Angelides said the search continued on Thursday.

“It is a very serious case, considering the quantities of the drugs found and the explosives,” Angelides said, praising the cooperation with bases police.

SBA Akrotiri police commander Nigel Avron said the bust was the result of close cooperation with RoC police.

It showed the two forces’ determination to work together to tackle drugs trafficking, he added.

 

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