A 28-year-old man suspected of supplying methamphetamine to 35-year-old Christos Tsialoupis, who died after consuming the drug, was on Tuesday remanded in police custody for eight days.
The suspect had appeared in a British bases (SBA court) earlier in the day in order to be handed over to Cypriot police who in turn presented him to Limassol District court in connection with offences involving conspiracy to commit a felony, manslaughter and illegal possession and supply of class A drugs.
The alleged offence took place on Sunday in Trachoni village which straddles the SBA and Limassol district.
An autopsy found Tsialoupis’ cause of death to be acute pulmonary oedema (fluid in the lungs) and samples were taken for toxicological tests.
Following inquiries, police secured testimony that Tsialoupis and his 33-year-old brother went to Trachoni to meet the 28-year-old and another person for whom an arrest warrant is outstanding, where they bought the methamphetamine.
The wanted person is a 23-year-old man from Nicosia who was accompanying the prime suspect during the alleged exchange.
According to witnesses, Tsialoupis lost consciousness immediately after consuming the drug. He was taken home from where an ambulance was called, which ferried him to Limassol general hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.
Police told Limassol District court that the 28-year-old suspect is refusing to cooperate, and that he denies having sold the drugs to the deceased.
During a search of the suspect’s residence, police found a small quantity of drugs and an amount of cash, bagged as evidence.