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Remands in drug related case that left teen in a coma

Two men were remanded in custody by Limassol district court on Tuesday in a drugs related case that has left a teenage boy in a coma.

No objection was raised by the mens’ lawyer in court over the eight-day remand.

Both men, from Syria, aged 28 and 39, face charges including supplying, possessing and illegal use of narcotics.

The younger suspect faces additional charges for negligence and dangerous acts causing bodily harm as he is believed to have supplied the teenage boy with MDMA at a café in Trachoni, Limassol.

The boy, who will turn 18 in a few days, was taken to Limassol general hospital on Sunday night where doctors on the scene found he had suffered a heart attack from drug use.

He has since been transferred to Nicosia general hospital and is in critical condition in a coma.

Police obtained a witness statement saying the teenager had gone with friends to the café in Trachoni where he had obtained MDMA.

The drug squad searched the premises and found the 28-year-old had on him 8.5g of cannabis, 9g of ecstasy, 19.5g of cannabis resin, a straw with methamphetamine remains and a precision scale.

He matched the description given by the witness.

Drugs had been found at the café in May, and an arrest warrant had been issued against the 39-year-old who managed it. He was consequently arrested on Tuesday when he was found at the scene.

On May 30, police found 23g of cannabis, 41g of ecstasy, 8g of methamphetamine and a cannabis cigarette around the cafe. Two people were also arrested at the time after being found to have small quantities of cannabis on them.

Under questioning, both men denied any implication.

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