The Malta Independent 19 April 2024, Friday
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Updated: Man arrested as 10 kilos of cannabis seized, remanded in custody

Friday, 23 February 2024, 10:42 Last update: about 3 months ago

The police have arrested a Romanian man in connection with the discovery of 10 kilos of cannabis in his car on Wednesday.

The 40-year-old man who resides in Swieqi was held by the police while travelling in his car.

Officers found the drugs, packed in different bags, in the vehicle.

Magistrate Nadine Lia is leading an inquiry.

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Nicu-Cristinel Stirbu, a Romanian citizen residing in Germany, was later before magistrate Victor Asciak on Friday, accused of drug trafficking and aggravated possession of cannabis.

Police inspectors Alfredo Mangion and Jonathan Cassar charged the man with trafficking the drug, possession of cannabis in circumstances which indicated that it was not intended for his personal use.

The court was also told that it was not Stirbu’s first visit to Malta.

He denied the charges, pleading not guilty when asked by the court. His lawyer, Charles Mercieca, did not request bail.

The prosecution’s request for a freezing order over all Stirbu’s assets was upheld by the court.

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