LARNACA court was kept busy Wednesday trying five men in three separate cases of importation, possession and possession with intent to supply, of a total of over 15 kilos of cocaine.
First up was 24-year-old Malaysian national Mohammed Zahr Biri Sanadin who pleaded guilty to importing just over four kilos of the drug into Cyprus through Larnaca airport from Dubai last April. The cocaine had been disguised as chocolate and packaged in 242 boxes in two nylon bags.
The defendant told the court he had travelled to Dubai after being recommended for a job, but was recruited by a drug ring to bring the shipment to Cyprus in exchange for $1,800.
The man will remain in custody until Friday when he is due back in court for sentencing.
Up next was Cameroonian Fabrice Vanca Tamejong who was stopped on the Larnaca to Nicosia motorway in a rental car late last April with 400 grammes of coke. In a subsequent search of a locked room in a residence he had rented in Karpas street in Larnaca, police discovered a further 10 kilos of the drug. The defendant is said to have cooperated with the drug squad YKAN and given them useful information. Tamejong will remain in custody and is also due back in court for sentencing on Friday.
Last before the court were three partners in crime, Bassiron Lare, a Dutch Togolese dual national, with Julius Coniah and Ibrahim Bunduka, both from Sierra Leone who faced charges of importing, possessing and possessing with intent to supply just over one kilo of the drug in June. The third defendant pleaded guilty and will be sentenced on September 5, while the two others requested a postponement to respond to the charges. All three will remain in custody until that date.