Cyprus Mail

104kg cannabis case shifts from bases to Republic

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Four men arrested by British bases police in connection with the discovery of 104 kilos of cannabis in a container in Ypsonas on Monday were handed over to the Cypriot police on Wednesday and remanded for eight days by the Limassol court on Thursday.

The four men, two Greek Cypriots aged 49 and 42 and two Nigerians aged 36 and 30, were arrested on Monday afternoon when they were unloading the containers within the jurisdiction of the British bases.

They were remanded on Tuesday for seven days in SBA police custody but handed over following a request by the legal services of the republic.

They were then rearrested under a warrant and remanded.

Two more men were arrested later on Monday evening by the Limassol drug squad for the same case, a man from Bosnia Herzegovina, 48, who is believed to have brought the drugs into the country, and a Greek Cypriot company owner, 39. They were remanded for eight days by the Limassol court on Tuesday.

As was heard in court, police placed the ship under surveillance after receiving a tip-off that a large amount of drugs was going to arrive from Canada.

They alerted the British bases authorities when a container from the ship was taken to the location in Ypsonas.

The 39-year-old Bosnian was also watched and during the time of the surveillance met twice with the 42-year-old Cypriot man.

The 42-year-old was seen giving instructions to his 49-year-old compatriot in Ypsonas after the container was moved.

Shortly afterwards, both of them started to unload the contents with the help of the two Nigerians.

The Nigerians have denied any involvement in the case.

Some evidence was collected from the scene, the court was told.

Investigations in cooperation with Interpol are ongoing in an effort to identify the sender, while police are also trying to identify the intended recipients of the drugs in Cyprus.

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