Man pleads not guilty af­ter po­lice raid finds mix­ture of il­licit drugs, €80,000, child pornog­ra­phy

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Ju­lian Bon­nici

A 40-year-old man from Birżeb­buġa today pleaded not guilty af­ter a po­lice raid found him in pos­ses­sion of a mix­ture of il­licit drugs €82,000 in cash and child pornog­ra­phy.

Po­lice In­spec­tors Joseph Busut­til, Jonathan Cas­sar and Kevin Pulis told the court that last Thurs­day they were in­formed that a par­cel which may con­tain il­licit sub­stances was ad­dressed to Keith Des­mond Fal­zon at the Birżeb­buġa Post Of­fice. Fal­zon was ap­pre­hended af­ter a con­trolled de­liv­ery took place yes­ter­day. Two mi­nors were ac­com­pa­ny­ing Fal­zon in his ve­hi­cle at the time.

The court, which was presided over by Mag­is­trate Joe Mif­sud, heard how the mi­nors told po­lice of­fi­cers that they of­ten went to beach with Fal­zon and some­times slept at his house. They also claimed that there had been sex­ual ad­vances from Fal­zon.

The po­lice said the man was ini­tially caught in pos­ses­sion of 100 metham­phetamine pills and a bag con­tain­ing half a kilo of cannabis.

The po­lice later car­ried out a search in the garage where the man re­sides, where four ki­los of cannabis resin, 1.5 ki­los of cannabis, 100 ec­stasy pills, LSD, more than 40 sa­chets of co­caine and am­phet­a­mine, magic mush­rooms, vi­a­gra and val­ium.

€82,000 in cash was also dis­cov­ered.

Fal­zon was also found to be in pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy af­ter searches into his elec­tronic de­vices were con­ducted.

The mag­is­trate or­dered the freez­ing of the funds and as­sets of Fal­zon. There was no re­quest for bail.

Lawyer Robert Mon­taldo rep­re­sented the ac­cused.

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