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18 July, 2024
 
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UK Court convicts Cypriot drug lord’s mother

Helen Katsigianni and a co-conspirator found guilty of helping her Cypriot kingpin son

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A UK court has convicted a Cypriot woman, mother of a drug lord in Cyprus, of talking part in an illegal drug trafficking network by making trips around London to collect money on her son’s behalf.

Helen Katsigianni, aged 67, was accused of being a go-between in an illegal drug enterprise, involving a network of dealing Class A drugs such as cocaine and heroin between Devon, London, and Cyprus.

A man from Plymouth, 27-year-old Martin Payne, was also convicted on charges in connection with being a member of the gang, while Kastigianni’s son, 28-year-old Cyprus resident George Pikounis, is thought to have been the ring leader.

Prosecutors said Katsigianni would make frequent trips over a one year period, sometimes weekly, in order to collect payments, from which approximately €96,000 ended up being deposited in local banks and later wired to Cyprus.

Investigators were stunned to learn Katsigianni’s defence, a doting mother unaware her son was involved with drugs

Both Payne and Katsigianni were part of a gang transporting cocaine and heroin from London to Plymouth between 2016 and 2017, according to prosecutors who appeared in Exeter Crown Court.

But investigators were stunned to learn Katsigianni’s defence, as the doting mother basically said she was unaware that her son was involved with drugs.

Katsigianni said her son was running a clothing store but was having financial difficulties, adding that she believed all along that she was collecting debts incurred by the business.

But Pikounis admitted his role in the crimes, leaving investigators wrap up by saying the mother was the “most unlucky, gullible, naive and blind person in London.”

“Or she is guilty,” they added, according to local media in Devon.

The sentences for Katsigianni and Payne will be announced at a later day. 

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