The Larnaca-Famagusta criminal court sentenced a 34-year-old to ten years in prison on Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to seven counts of illegal possession of almost six kilos of cannabis.

He also admitted to drug dealing, false impersonation, forgery of documents, assault, resisting arrest and refusal to provide proof requested by the police.

According to a statement released by the authorities, on July 11 the man received a suspicious parcel from Greece. Upon further investigations by customs officers, it was found that the parcel contained almost six kilos of cannabis.

The man went to retrieve the parcel, signing with a fake name, prompting some members of the Cyprus drug squad (YKAN), who were undercover and pretending to work for customs, to immediately place him under arrest.

The 34-year-old, however, resisted the arrest and pushed the officer away, while attempting to escape in his car. He was immediately stopped, handcuffed and taken to the Larnaca YKAN headquarters for questioning.

During his interrogation the man claimed that he received legal advice not to mention anything about the case and refused to sign any documents requested by the authorities.

Due to the severity of the crime, the aggravating circumstances and the fact that there has been a rise in this type of offences, the Larnaca criminal court imposed the highest possible penalty.

However, the court also stated that it took into account several mitigating factors, such as the man’s confession and cooperation with the police at a later stage, his background, his low educational level, his drug addiction and his remorse.

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