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Four arrests as 35kg of cannabis and 300kg of fireworks found

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Limassol drug squad said they found 35 kilos of cannabis and 300 kilos of fireworks and arrested four people, the commander of the unit Michalis Katsounotos said on Friday.

The suspects aged between 34 and 43, were already known to police, the force said.

According to Katsounotos’, the drug squad, acting on information, checked a number of specific storage units where they said they found the stash.

“We planned the operation and for some time certain people and premises were under police surveillance in an attempt to determine whether the information was accurate,” Katsounotos said.

The arrests came after the cargo was loaded into a van early on Friday which police tracked and intercepted.

During the arrest, one of the suspects “who tried to escape with his vehicle, was chased and shots were fired at his tyres in an attempt to stop him and we managed to catch him in the Polemidia reservoir area,” Katsounotos said.

One of the suspects arrested is the owner of the storage units, police said.
The four are expected to appear at the Limassol district court on Saturday for a remand hearing.

“We intend to conduct an investigation into their finances in relation to the large quantities of drugs and fireworks found in their possession,” said Katsounotos.

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