Police on Saturday night arrested an Egyptian man and a Turkish Cypriot after allegedly finding 6kg of synthetic drugs in a rental car they were driving in the Famagusta area.
The three men were remanded for eight days on Sunday.
Acting on a tip-off officers from the anti-drugs squad YKAN intercepted and searched the car driven by the 39-year-old Egyptian man on Saturday.
They said that in the pocket on the driver’s door they found a plastic container with around three grammes of plant matter, which they believed to be Bonzai, a synthetic marijuana substitute popular in Turkey but which can also be lethal.
A further search of the vehicle revealed a precision scales and another two bags of plant matter weighing 1.6kg and marked with the word Damiana, which is a drug used as a aphrodisiac that can provide a small high when smoked.
On the 35-year-old Turkish Cypriot, police said they found a hand-rolled cigarette containing a synthetic drug and a box with the label Mad Hatter, another synthetic marijuana substitute. Inside the box there were 12 packages of the drug, each containing three grammes.
Questioning of the two men led police to a search of an apartment in Ayia Napa, which the Turkish Cypriot man shared with a compatriot. Police found him on the beach.
A search of their apartment uncovered 4.2kg of Damiana divided into baggies. Police also said they found a box of matches containing 0.5g of a beige powder and a blue tablet.
At the Egyptian man’s abode officers said they found 42 more packages, which appeared to contain aromatic tobacco.
During interrogation, police said the men admitted to possession of the synthetic drugs, which they were selling in Ayia Napa. The Egyptian man denied all involvement with the drugs operation and admitted only to possession of the aromatic tobacco.