Updated | Three arrests after kilo of cocaine discovery in Qormi

The Libyan driver reversed onto police vehicles before taking off on foot

The alleged block of cocaine was marked with what looks like an Audi insignia
The alleged block of cocaine was marked with what looks like an Audi insignia

Three persons were arrested after police found a suspected kilogram of cocaine in a car in Qormi.

Police said that two men and a woman aged between 20 and 28 years were arrested after an operation the Drug Squad conducted on Thursday and after a Toyota Vitz was intercepted. 

The car in which the suspected cocaine was found
The car in which the suspected cocaine was found

When the said car was surrounded by officers, the Libyan driver, Naswan Morat Abdikadir Mohammed, reversed onto police vehicles on Triq it-Tin in Qormi and leapt out of the car but was later apprehended by police. No one was injured.

The other two passengers were arrested, followed by a discovery in the car of a white block.

Keith Micallef, 28, from Valletta, Mohammed, 29, from Libya and Shaian Bakoush, 21, from Valletta were later charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine, aggravated possession of the drug and related charges.

Naswan was additionally charged with dangerous driving, criminal damage and failing to stop after being involved in a traffic accident. He was also charged with breaching two suspended sentences and bail. The court was asked to seize the man’s €8300 bail guarantee.

All three pleaded not guilty to the charges and were remanded in custody.

Police investigations are ongoing.

Magistrate Victor Axiaq presided.

Inspector Anthony Scerri prosecuted. Lawyer Raisa Colombo appeared for Micallef, whilst lawyers Franco Debono, Marion Camilleri and Amadeus Cachia appeared for the other two accused.

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