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Man, 32, held for Crete raid

A 32-year-old Cretan man is today to defend himself before an investigating magistrate against charges linking him to an armed ambush on a cannabis plantation near Iraklion last month that resulted in three police officers being injured, one seriously. The man was arrested on Saturday after fingerprints on a watering can found near the plantation were matched to his. The 32-year-old has been charged with the cultivation of drugs, attempted manslaughter and the illegal use of a weapon. His lawyer yesterday told reporters that the 32-year-old had been in a local cafe at the time of the attack, noting that several witnesses could corroborate this. Police visited the plantation in Malades near Iraklion on June 23 with the aim of gathering information to build a case against the individual cultivating the drugs. The officers said they saw one person who fired an automatic weapon at them. It is thought the suspect had an