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Remands after cannabis, fireworks found

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Limassol district court remanded four people on Saturday after 35 kilos of cannabis and 300 kilos of fireworks were found.

Two men, 43 and 35, were remanded for eight days, while the other two suspects, 34 and 38 were remanded for five.

They are facing charges of conspiracy to commit a crime, illegal importation and possession of explosives.

All four were arrested on Friday after Limassol drug squad found the 35 kilos of cannabis and 300 kilos of fireworks in storage units.

The suspects were already known to police, the force said.

They deny any link to the crime.

According to the head of the drugs squad Michalis Katsounotos, officers acting on information from Interpol, checked a number of 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, the 34-year-old suspect tried to escape with his vehicle and was chased by the police who fired shots at his tyres in an attempt to stop him. He was eventually stopped near the Polemidia reservoir.

The man asked to see a doctor and was taken to Limassol general hospital where he is being kept for treatment.

One of the suspects, 38, is the owner of the storage units, police said.

Police intends to investigate their finances.

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