Two Venezue­lans found with 1kg each of co­caine

Malta Independent - - NEWS - He­lena Grech

Two Venezue­lan na­tion­als were sep­a­rately ar­raigned in court yes­ter­day af­ter they were found to have one kilo­gram of co­caine each in their pos­ses­sion.

David Rafael Castillo, 31, was found to have swal­lowed cap­sules of the sub­stance. Prose­cut­ing in­spec­tors Jonathan Cas­sar and Jus­tine Grech told the court how the au­thor­i­ties had re­ceived in­crim­i­nat­ing in­for­ma­tion on Mr Castillo, which led them to stop him af­ter he got off a flight in Malta while still at the air­port. The au­thor­i­ties then got Mr Castillo to sign a con­sent form, and took him to Mater Dei hos­pi­tal.

The X-ray showed that Mr Castillo had for­eign bod­ies in­side his stom­ach. The for­eign bod­ies turned out to be cap­sules con­tain­ing 1 kilo­gram of co­caine.

The au­thor­i­ties also found a mo­bile with mes­sages from the sec­ond Venezue­lan na­tional, Geral­dine Mora Huizi, 38. This led them to search a ho­tel room in Bugibba, where she was found, as well as an­other kilo­gram of co­caine in the sink.

It ap­pears that the two Venezue­lans had no re­la­tion, apart from the mes­sages found and the fact that they were both found with such a large quan­tity of the drug.

She too was taken to Mater Dei hos­pi­tal for an X-ray.

Dr Ben­jamin Ve­len­zia, rep­re­sent­ing Ms Huizi, ob­jected to the au­thor­i­ties get­ting her to sign a con­sent form to be scanned in hos­pi­tal with­out pro­vid­ing her with le­gal as­sis­tance be­fore­hand. Dr Leon­tine Calleja, rep­re­sent­ing Mr Castillo, re­served the right to raise this ob­jec­tion at a later stage.

Both of the ac­cused pleaded not guilty, did not con­test the va­lid­ity of the ar­rest, and did not make a re­quest for bail.

The in­spec­tors had said that the two were await­ing in­struc­tion from a for­eigner, and that this was tan­ta­mount to or­gan­ised crime. They told the court how Mr Castillo ar­rived in Malta from Sao Paolo, Brazil, via Zurich. Ms Huizi had ar­rived days prior to Mr Castillo.

Mag­is­trate Mon­ica presided over the case. Vella

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