The owner of the Zakaki warehouse where some 156kg of cocaine was discovered concealed in imported generators is expected to appear before Limassol District Court on Friday to be remanded in custody.
The 53-year-old Limassol man has told the police he had not known about the drugs until the authorities found them on Thursday. The authorities, meanwhile, are also searching for a second man who appears to have arranged the import of the generators to Cyprus.
The 156kg of cocaine make up Cyprus’ largest ever haul of the particular drug.
The cocaine was hidden in shipments of the generators which had been brought to Cyprus through Limassol Port in April and May. With an as-yet identified Latin American country as their origin, the shipments had passed through at least two other EU ports before reaching Cyprus.
They were concealed in 142 plastic bags stashed in the generators’ fuel tanks and, according to the police, would have been impossible to detect using only mechanical means as opposed to sniffer dogs.
Cyprus police believe at least part of the stash was destined for export and investigations are underway into where the drugs may have been headed.