Just a few hours after being apprehended by Anti-Drug Squad Police officers, 29-year-old Thomas James Appleby of Colchester, UK and a resident of Naxxar, and 36-year-old David Alexander Grima of Zabbar, have been arraigned in Court, Magistrate Ian Farrugia presiding, and charged with trafficking of cannabis.
The Police stated that some two kg of cannabis, split up into numerous packets and ready for trafficking, were found in Appleby’s car. Other searches of the man’s residence turned up several other plastic pouches containing two kg of white powder. The Police said it results from preliminary examinations that this powder could be a type used for mixing with cocaine, allowing the trafficker to bulk up the volume of the same substance.
Appleby admitted to the charges, and because of the seriousness of the crime, will not be sentenced by the Magistrates’ Court but is expected to undergo trial by jury. Grima, on the other hand, pleaded not guilty, and is being detained under preventive custody at Corradino Prison.
Meanwhile, the Police are still interrogating the other arrested Englishman, who is expected to be arraigned in the coming hours. The Police added that searches were carried at the Englishman’s Imsida residence, where no drugs were found. The search, however, yielded some 70,000 euro in cash and two watches with a value of 24,000 euro, among other items.
Inspectors Kevin Pulis and Jonathan Cassar are prosecuting. Lawyer Chris Chircop is appearing on behalf of the accused.