Farmhouse turned into drugs factory – ring leader behind trafficking arrested
A farmhouse at Wardija, turned into a luxury residence, ended up serving also as a drugs factory. In the €4,000-a month leased residence, Anti-Drug Squad police officers found specifically arranged rooms for the manufacturing and processing of drugs. TVM continued investigating the recent police raids developments in four different localities and the arrest of what the police consider as one of the drug barons.
While the Anti-Drug Police Squad appears to have dismantled a big ring of drug trafficking, it found a nest where one of the arrested persons during the night between Wednesday and Thursday was running drug trafficking in various parts of Malta.
Further investigation by TVM shows that in a residence in the limits of San Martin at Wardija, the Police elevated during the raid a sophisticated laboratory, other equipment for the manufacturing of drug sachets and also a considerable amount of cannabis and cocaine. Officers also found an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
The residence was allegedly leased for €4,000 a month to Jordan Azzopardi. 24 hours after his arrest, Azzopardi was arraigned in Court charged with fifteen charges, including trafficking in cocaine, heroin and cannabis at various localities which were raided by police in recent weeks. He was also accused before Magistrate Charmaine Galea with fake money circulation and with causing grievous injuries on a person. Azzopardi was remanded in custody at the Corradino Corrective Facility.
Jordan Azzopardi had been closely watched by Police since the first raid at a Birkirkara warehouse last October, although at that time he wasn’t found. Police officers continued to follow his movements amid suspicion he had three other residences at Gżira, Marsa and Blata l-Bajda where trafficking and abuse of drugs was carried out. The Police carried out coordinated raids in these places, however he always managed to evade the police until he was apprehended in the middle of the week.
Sources speaking with TVM said that Azzopardi allegedly had a number of persons working for him to distribute and sell drugs from these places. The same sources said that these persons had specific orders to destroy the drugs with acid if they notice police presence.