The Malta Independent 21 November 2018, Wednesday

Heroin in chicken coop: Siggiewi man charged, denied bail

Thursday, 30 August 2018, 11:25 Last update: about 4 months ago

A Siggiewi man has denied aggravated drug possession charges after heroin and cannabis were discovered in a chicken coop on his farm.

Horace Fenech, 42, from Siggiewi was arraigned before magistrate Marseann Farrugia and charged with possession of heroin in circumstances which denoted it was not for his personal use, as well as possession of cannabis and cannabis resin. Fenech was also charged with recidivism.

Inspectors Frank Anthony Tabone and Joseph Xerri said that Fenech was arrested after a police investigation led to the dicovery of a kilo of heroin which was hidden in a chicken coop on Fenech’s farm in Siggiewi. The police said the drugs were found with the help of police dogs. Police also found suspected cocaine in a car belonging to a 33-year-old man from Qormi. Investigations into the latter are ongoing.

In court today, Fenech denied the charges.

Inspector Tabone requested a freezing order over the man’s assets, as this is a potential drug trafficking case. The court upheld the request.

Lawyer Raisa Colombo requested bail but this was denied by the court.  

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