NewsLocalLimassol court renews remand of suspect in Australia ecstasy case

Limassol court renews remand of suspect in Australia ecstasy case

A 30 year old businessman will remain in police custody for another eight days as police continue their investigations in connection with a massive haul of 645 kilos of ecstasy smuggled into Australia hidden in hundreds of aluminium barbecues.

The suspect did not object to the renewal of his remand.

As part of their inquiries, Cyprus police officers are due to depart for Australia later today.

The suspect was first arrested on December 20.

A 57 year old man who is currently in Nicosia Central Prison awaiting trial following the discovery of 84 kg cannabis in Ypsonas last March has also been questioned in connection with the same case which began in July when police in the Cyprus Drug Law Enforcement Unit tipped off Australian police about a potential large shipment of MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, in a container shipping from Limassol and bound for Sydney.

On searching the container, Australian police found 200 aluminum barbecues, many with false base plates concealing multiple packages of the drug.

The investigation also involved the United Kingdom National Crime Agency, the Australian Border Force said. Two people have been arrested in Australia.

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