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Two in SBA court on drugs charges

A man and a woman appeared at the SBA Court in Episkopi on Wednesday charged with possession of a Class-A drug with the intent to supply.

The man has now been remanded in custody in Her Majesty’s Prison in Dhekelia pending the next court date on April 18.

The woman, who was released on police bail of €1,000 yesterday morning, was told to surrender her passport and must report to the police station daily until the next court hearing.

The pair were arrested on April 5 after SBA Police intelligence officers secured a warrant to search a property in Trachoni village.

During that search, officers revealed that approximately 16 grams of a substance believed to be crystal meth was discovered at the property, alongside “various other objects” which have led the police to believe the drugs were being prepared for distribution.

Speaking shortly after Wednesday’s court case, Chief Inspector Panicos Panayi, from the SBA Police’s Akrotiri Division leading the case, explained this was an important seizure of a highly-addictive drug that is believed to have a street value of approximately €1,500.

He said: “Firstly, crystal meth is a highly-addictive substance that destroys lives, so getting any amount of this drug off the street is a good result.

“The distribution and consumption of drugs is a problem that we at the SBA Police are determined to stamp-out and this sends a strong message to those intent on either buying or selling, that the police are acting to catch and prosecute those that do it.”

The chief inspector was also quick to point to the damage that drugs use and subsequent addiction, can have on a family unit.

Those involved with this latest arrest are said to be known drug-users and Chief Inspector Panayi believes the police have a welfare role to play in combating the issue of drugs.

He explained: “We take all crime very seriously but drugs in particular can rip families apart and we must make sure that we as a police force are doing everything we can to make sure that we get this stuff off the street and out of the family home.

“In this case for example, there are children involved and we have to make sure that they do not become victims themselves in these situations.

“We all know that drugs are a highly-addictive and they simply cannot be around young children for so many obvious reasons.

“Our message as a force is very simple, if you are partaking in illegal drugs – buying, selling, or consuming – then our intelligence officers are on the lookout and if you are caught, you will be prosecuted and you will face the full force of the law.”

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