Smugglers use drone to fly drugs over militarized Cyprus frontier


Smugglers attempted to use a drone to fly illegal drugs over the frontier separating Turkish-occupied Cyprus with the rest of the island, one of the most heavily guarded areas in Europe, Turkish Cypriot media reported.

Turkish Cypriot police were questioning a suspect alleged to have taken delivery of narcotics from a drone which had taken off from the Greek Cypriot south of Cyprus’s divided capital Nicosia, the Turkish Cypriot Kibris newspaper and Turkey’s private DHA agency reported.

The reports did not disclose the type of drug that was seized. Turkish Cypriot police were not available for comment. Greek Cypriot police said they had no information about the incident, as did the United Nations force which monitors the frontier.

Cyprus has been divided between its ethnic Greek and Turkish Cypriot populations since a 1974 Turkish invasion split the country in the wake of a brief Greek inspired coup. The heavily militarized 180 km (116 mile) frontier splitting Cyprus east to west runs straight through the center of Nicosia. [Reuters]