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Prison guard remanded for possession of drugs, firearm (updated)

The prison administration vowed to stamp out corruption on Friday, as a 38-year-old warden was remanded in custody for six days in Nicosia in connection with possession of drugs and a firearm.

In a written statement, the Central Prison administration said the suspect was the third guard arrested for possession of drugs.

“The prison administration has once more made its intention clear, that it will stamp out any corruption phenomenon inside the correctional facility,” the statement said.

The statement reiterated that the guard was caught after a tip to the administration, which immediately notified the drug squad.

Following a search of his vehicle, officers found around 2.5 grammes of cocaine, a pistol, and a precision scale.

On the suspect, police found plastic straw with traces of cocaine, which he said he used to sniff the drug in the morning.

“They are mine, for my personal use, I have been a user of cocaine for two years,” the suspect said of the drug and the paraphernalia.

When officers discovered the gun, the 38-year-old initially said he found it under an olive tree in his garden.

He later told officers that it was given to him for safekeeping by a friend, whom he did not name.

The 38-year-old has been suspended.

“We reiterate our determination not to accept such behaviours and will display zero tolerance to any act of corruption,” the statement said.

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