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Man remanded after illegal import of pesticides

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A 72-year-old man was remanded on Thursday for seven days over a case concerning the illegal import and disposal of pesticides and money laundering.

The suspect was arrested on Wednesday along with a 66-year-old man after authorities found around €70,000 in cash, containers of pesticides and a large quantity of cigarettes and tobacco in establishments owned by them in Paphos.

Police and customs officers raided the establishments after a tip off concerning illegal import and sale of pesticides. Officers located 50 pesticide containers, used and new, around four kilos of tobacco and almost 4,000 cigarettes.

More than €66,000 in cash was located in the 72-year-old’s car and €4,250 on him.

Customs seized the tobacco and cigarettes as well as the €4,250. The 72-year-old was fined €2,700.

The pesticides were taken to the agriculture department for further investigations.

The €66,200 was confiscated by the Paphos CID that is now investigating money laundering.

The 72-year-old is being investigated for illegal import of pesticides, illegal disposal and emission of pesticides due to negligence and money laundering.

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