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Remands after 20kg of cannabis found in Limassol (update 2)

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Four men were remanded for eight days in Limassol on Tuesday following a 20kg cannabis find with police not ruling out a ring of clearing agents being involved.

The four suspects are being investigated for crimes involving the unlawful importation, possession and possession with intent to supply a controlled drug as well as money laundering and related conspiracy offences.

According to police, a 32-year-old man was put under discreet surveillance on Monday, following information that a large amount of drugs was possibly going to be moved.

“The 32-year-old was seen parking his car in the parking lot of a Limassol supermarket before conversing with a 43-year-old in whose car the pair made off immediately, making their way to the residence of a 26-year-old. The 43-year-old was spotted entering the house, before departing a few minutes later holding three cardboard boxes, which he deposited in his vehicle,” drug squad spokesman Stelios Sergides said.

It was at this point, Sergides said, that members of the drug squad intervened, stopping the suspects, searching the car and finding the three boxes, one of which was in the hands of the 43-year-old. This box was found to contain seven, individually packed, kilos of cannabis.

“The 43-year-old implicated the 32-year-old as the person who gave instructions for the package to be collected as well as arranging for the packages to be brought into Cyprus from abroad,” Sergides said. “The 26-year-old implicated a 30-year-old from Limassol, also a clearing agent, who he maintains commissioned him to import the boxes to Cyprus from Greece.”

Asked whether it was possible that a big drugs ring was behind the case, as clearing agents were involved, Sergides said “The possibility is naturally being investigated. One of them maintains there was an order from the other to import, but the drugs in the box were sent in his name.”

The 43-year-old was arrested, while the 32 and 26-year-olds were taken to the offices of the drug squad for questioning, where during the investigation, testimony was secured incriminating them. A search of the other two cardboard boxes revealed 13 more individually packed kilos of cannabis.

A police investigator told the court that the two agents’ statements contradicted each other and that the crates arrived in Cyprus in the name of that of 26-year-old customs agent, and that there is evidence that the 30-year old customs agent has had several years of friendly relations with the first suspect.

The 26-year-old told police he was under the impression the boxes contained clothing.

None of the four suspects has ever been involved with the police in the past.

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