A Drug Squad officer recognised a notoriously familiar smell as he was driving behind a car in Nicosia and soon after confirmed the driver was indeed smoking marijuana at the wheel.
The incident happened in busy Athalassa Avenue as the policeman, who was off-duty at the time, found himself driving his motorcycle behind a 37-year-old woman’s car. When both vehicles stopped at a red light, the officer became even more certain his nose was not deceiving him and followed her until she stopped outside her home.
After the man identified himself as a police officer, the woman handed over the cigarette butt and a plastic bag containing another 35g of marijuana.
More Drug Squad officers were called to the scene to undertake a search of the woman’s house, during which she handed over a further four bags of the drug, containing a total of one gram.
The woman was on Thursday remanded in custody for three days and is under investigation for possession with the intent of supplying to others as well as for her own use of the drug.
Although police say she has verbally admitted to the possession and use of marijuana, she had been refusing to give a written statement to the effect.
THC, the main active ingredient in marijuana, affects areas of the brain that control the body’s movements, balance, coordination, memory, and judgment, so marijuana and driving don’t mix.