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Eleven kilos of cannabis seized at Tymbou airport

Tymbou (Ercan) airport in the north

Turkish Cypriot police uncovered 11 kilos of Indian cannabis worth €375,000 (TL 6m) following a raid at Tymbou (Ercan) airport, Turkish Cypriot media reported on Friday.

Kibris Postasi’s website reported that a Greek woman was arrested in connection with the haul.

According to the report, investigator Serkan Sakali told the court that on Thursday, May 5 at 3.10pm, nine packages wrapped in nylon containing a quantity of about 11 kilos of Indian hemp were discovered in a suitcase at the airport during a police operation.

Following an investigation, it was discovered that the suspect had come into contact in with a person in Greece who was known to be involved in drug trafficking under the name of ‘Makis’, who would provide her with the ticket, the entrance papers to the north and hotel accommodation, and an additional €450 for travel expenses, the court heard.

It was revealed that on the instructions of ‘Makis’, the woman met with a courier on May 5 at the airport in Greece, who passed on the airline ticket and entry documents to the north and the hotel. The drugs would be delivered by another unknown individual to the hotel in the north, where the female suspect was staying, for which she would receive €1,000.

Sakali stated that the suspect admitted, through an interpreter, the accusations against her and gave voluntary testimony. According to the investigator, detectives are investigating whether there is any connection between the suspect and the government-controlled areas.

The woman was detained for three days.

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