The van carrying medication was known as an animal feed transporter

A van carrying medication value 1.5 million euros discovered earlier this week had been proven on paperwork carrying sawdust and animal feed originating in Austria, a courtroom was informed Thursday.

The van was intercepted by the police after leaving the Sicily ferry. The drug was present in a hidden compartment and the 28-year-old Bulgarian driver was arrested.

A few of the medication discovered within the van.

On Tuesday, police mentioned in an announcement that the Drug Squad had acquired details about a van, allegedly carrying medication, that had simply left Sicily for Malta. The medication have been detected by a sniffer canine.

Throughout the prosecution towards the driving force, Mustafa El Madhoun, the Justice of the Peace in cost, Natasha Galea Sciberras, requested if the police had any details about the van earlier than it was searched.

Inspector Justine Grech testified that police have been maintaining a tally of oncoming visitors following a collection of drug-related instances.

He mentioned suspicious maneuvers associated to reserving this explicit van for the ferry journey attracted police consideration. These suspicions have been adopted by fundamental questions concerning the nature of the cargo and associated paperwork.

An bill offered by the driving force indicated that the products consisted of sawdust and animal feed, originating in Austria, however when the van was opened and checked, the quantity of the products didn’t correspond to the prices incurred.

Police suspicions have been confirmed when one among their sniffer canine “sat” subsequent to the van.

At that second the police knowledgeable the driving force that he was underneath arrest.

The car was escorted to a different location (the police storage) the place the cargo was unloaded. Officers tapped and bumped across the sheet metallic till they sensed “an empty house” in a selected spot.

A metallic lid was unscrewed and revealed a hidden compartment inside which was about 29 kilos of hashish weed, 5 kilos of cocaine and about 4 kilos of a substance believed to be hashish resin. She later turned out to be heroin.

The driving force collaborated with investigators, the prosecutor defined, by displaying the defendant’s driving license, financial institution playing cards and a Bulgarian doc positioned in a pouch, alongside along with his different private belongings.

On Tuesday, the defendant, an structure scholar, pleaded not responsible to importing hashish, cocaine and heroin and possessing medication in circumstances indicating they weren’t meant for private use.

He was positioned in pre-trial detention.

In mild of the inspector’s testimony on Thursday, the protection workforce questioned what cheap suspicion had prompted the police to cease the van’s driver within the first place.

Grech mentioned that on this case, the police had not acquired details about the suspected drug load, however had recognized the accused throughout common monitoring, Grech defined, with out divulging additional particulars that might undermine the police investigation.

Nonetheless, the person’s legal professionals insisted that they believed there had been no cheap suspicion to cease the accused, specifying their place and pointing to constitutional developments on this regard.

The case continues.

Attorneys Jose Herrera, Charles Mercieca and Gianluca Caruana Curran have been protection attorneys.

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