Jordan Azzopardi claims that he fled police in a well-reported car chase last month because he feared that it was people who once threatened him.
According to a report by Malta Today, Police Inspector Alfredo Mangion detailed how Azzopardi told police that he did not recognise the vehicles belonged to police and was worried due to past threats.
However, he did not admit to owning the drugs that were found following a police search.
Azzopardi, the suspected drug kingpin known as ‘El Chapo Ta’ Malta’, was found with a substantial amount of cocaine following a police operation on 22nd July. Today, it was revealed in court that he was found with 130g of cocaine.
Police were following him as they believed he was carrying drugs. Azzopardi then tried to evade police, driving dangerously along windy Madliena roads, eventually colliding with another car.
Mangion revealed that the police had received an anonymous tip that Azzopardi was trafficking and breaching his bail conditions. He also confirmed that the cocaine was found at a spot where Azzopardi threw something out of his car while he fled.
However, no other drugs or suspicious items were found when police searched his residence.
Lawyers Franco Debono, Marion Camilleri and Charles Mercieca are defence counsel. The case continues on 17th August. Azzopardi’s bail request will be discussed then.
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