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Cannabis find of 1kg leads to 19kg haul for police (Updated)

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The arrest of three men on Saturday in connection with a find of 1kg of cannabis in a car in Larnaca, has resulted in a huge haul of almost 19kg in Limassol, police said on Sunday.

On Saturday, Larnaca police have arrested three men aged 34, 36 and 53 in connection with the possession of around one kilo of cannabis they found in the car of the 36-year-old suspect.

All three were remanded on Sunday for eight days. Two of the men are from Limassol, those aged 52 and 36, and the third is from Larnaca,  the 34-year-old.

Investigations into the 1kg-find on Saturday has now led to the discovery of 18.9kg in  car in Limassol, police said. The two older men have been re-arrested in connection with that case.

Police said the bigger haul was discovered Sunday morning when, as part of the first investigation, a search was carried out on a car parked in the area of ​​Amathus in Limassol where officers found 16 plastic packages containing 18.9kg of cannabis.

The case began Saturday evening during a routine traffic stop during which the driver tried to evade checks, injuring himself and an officer. A second car driven by the 36-year-old was also involved in the incident.

According to police, at around 6.30pm on Saturday, the drivers of the two cars were asked to stop. The 34-year-old instead tried to make a break for it, colliding with a patrol car in the process and injuring both himself and the officer.

A search of the vehicle uncovered the package containing around 1kg of cannabis. The 34-year-old was arrested and taken by ambulance to Larnaca hospital and kept in for treatment after sustaining a head injury in the collision. The officer was given first aid and released.

The driver of the second car, the 36-year-old, in his attempt to escape tried to drive his vehicle into a police officer on foot but was intercepted by a patrol car. The suspect then got out of the car and tried to attack the officers but was immobilised and arrested, police said.

A search of his car uncovered precision scales, a cannabis grinder, a pair of gloves, 13 phone cards, and 8 USBs. A 53-year-old man was arrested later in the evening in connection with the same case.


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