A Brazilian couple was remanded for eight days Wednesday, by Larnaca court in connection with investigations into the illegal importation, possession, and intent to supply drugs.
Police said following a tip-off, drug squad officers raided the couple’s hotel room in the coastal city on Tuesday, where following a search, 10 grammes of cannabis resin and €23,000 were discovered along with some foreign currency.
Police, based on information received, say they were looking for a larger amount of drugs, specifically cocaine, with the drugs squad focusing on specific associates of the suspects.
Police believe the two are part of a smuggling ring, trafficking the drugs from abroad to the island in their bodies, or by other means.
The couple arrived in Cyprus on October 9, travelling via Paris and Athens and accompanied by a minder who apparently kept them under his watch the whole journey.
The couple, at least twice, came in contact with as yet unknown persons, driving private vehicles, with whom they exchanged bags.
Police say they are investigating the offences of importation and possession of 10 grammes of cannabis and an unknown amount of cocaine, with intent to supply and relevant conspiracy crimes, as well as money laundering.
The couple, aged 35 and 38, who were due to leave the island on Thursday, objected to being remanded with the man telling the court he was willing to pay a fine if there was one.
The Brazilian embassy and Interpol Brazil will be informed of the situation.