A Paceville restaurant owner has been charged with drug trafficking after he was arrested at the airport with two kilos of cocaine in his suitcases.
Ahmed Elmzouga was arrested at the Malta International Airport last night after landing from a Brussels flight. Customs officials found two suspicious packages inside the 31-year-old Libyan man’s luggage after instructing him to pass his bags through the scanner.
Further investigations revealed that these packages contained around two kilos of cocaine, with a market value of around €200,000.
Elmzouga was today charged with conspiring to traffic cocaine, importing cocaine and aggravated possession of the drug. He pleaded not guilty, insisting he had no idea his suitcases contained cocaine and that he was merely trying to hand them over to a third party.
Drug Squad Inspector Frank Anthony Tabone told the court that the suspect had cooperated with police and gave them a detailed statement.
He requested bail but magistrate Nadine Lia dismissed his request, arguing that civilian witnesses have yet to testify and that the suspect could tamper with evidence.
Lawyers Franco Debono and Marion Camilleri appeared for Elmzouga.