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A 35-year old man living in Marsalforn Gozo, has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison after being found guilty of trafficking cannabis and cocaine, and being a recidivist.

The indictments were presented through messages found on the person’s mobile phone as well as items and drugs found in a locked room at their apartment. All of the items indicated trafficking.

A court in Gozo heard how in January 2018, the police had received confidential information indicating that the accused was trafficking drugs from the apartment where he was staying in. It was explained that the police arrested the man but was later taken to the hospital because he was ill.

The Gozitan police carried out a search of the apartment in the presence of the accused and their sister, who lived with him. A locked room was discovered which contained digital scales, a knife and a sizeable number of small bags commonly used for filling with cocaine. There were 42 grams of cannabis and 10.5 grams of cocaine.

In addition to his prison sentence, Magistrate Joe Mifsud ordered the man to pay a fine of €1,000 and €4293 towards the Court expert costs.

Magistrate Mifsud also ordered that the drugs be destroyed.

The Police were also praised for their investigations and for having broken another drugs ring.

Inspector Bernard Charles Spiteri led the prosecution.

There were 10 witnesses including the accused called to the proceedings.