A 30-year-old man in Nicosia was sentenced to five years in jail on Thursday by the Nicosia criminal court for drugs possession.
The court in its ruling said narcotics may very well be the biggest problem youth in Cyprus face today.
The man pleaded guilty to possessing just under 400 grammes of cocaine with intent to supply, which was found in his grandmother’s home in Latsia.
His defence lawyer said the 30-year-old “had amassed a huge debt to his supplier, who suggested he work in storage to pay off his debt.”
Mitigating circumstances were that he worked from the age of 14 where he had the role of protecting the family as he came from a broken home. He began using drugs six months prior to his arrest during which he was in a bad psychological situation due to financial problems, the court heard.
The decision said the man had a limited role as he simply stored the drugs and was not a mastermind. “Drugs have spread everywhere, even in schools. Today, drugs just may be the biggest problem youth faces in Cyprus, as in many other European countries.”
The court said decisions should serve as a deterrent for anyone else who may get into drugs.