A man was released on bail on Monday after having been arrested for attempting to smuggle a total of 700kg of avocadoes to the north.

In court on Monday, police officer Ibrahim Ertarkan explained that at 11pm on Friday night in the Kermiya region of northern Nicosia the police checked the man’s van and found 14 bags containing 700kg of avocadoes inside.

Police determined that he had transported the avocadoes from the Republic to the north, and officers then seized the avocadoes to be taken as evidence.

The man first appeared in court on Saturday and was remanded in custody for two days.

At Monday’s hearing, he was released on a 7,000TL (€242) bail with two guarantors signing a 150,000TL (€5,187) bond each.