A 29-year-old Italian man who has been living in Malta for the past 9 years has been taken to court charged with the trafficking and possession of cocaine and cannabis along with money laundering. The prosecution explained to the police that it was following a group of people over suspicion of illegal activity.
29-year-old Gennaro Russo, who is originally from Naples, was arrested when the police stopped his car in Naxxar following an arrest mandate. When searching the vehicle, the police found a number of drug sachets and around €20,000 in cash. Later, in a search of his home and garage in Qawra, the police found more drugs, cash and objects related to drug trafficking such as sachets.
More drugs were found in an Imsida garage which Russo had the keys to and yet another Qawra garage where the police found more empty sachets with traces of drugs and luggage with €215,000 in cash inside. They also found a weapon case with ammunition inside but did not find a weapon.
A total of 1.5 kilograms of cocaine and 15 kilos of cannabis along with around €250,000 in cash were found in the search, all of which are being submitted into the magisterial inquiry. From ongoing investigations, Russo and his partner were arrest and the police have stated that they do not exclude further arrests.