Greek grandma’s assets frozen after being charged with attempted drug trafficking in SA


82-year-old Evdocia Phelivanidis has had her house, pension and life savings frozen by the South Australian District Court after being charged with attempting to traffic $3.2 million worth of cocaine.

According to The Advertiser, the court restrained her Flinders Park home, which was estimated to be worth approximately $850,000, and a sum of $51,086.88 in her bank account.

The 82-year-old and her grandson, Kosta Phelivanidis, 30, were arrested on February 1 after armed police raided her home in Flinders Park.

SA police were acting as part of an investigation into the attempted importation of 8kg of cocaine worth more than $3.2 million.

Evdocia “Effie” Phelivanidis, 82, has denied knowing of any cocaine at her property. Picture: 7NEWS.

The two were subsequently charged with attempting to traffic in a large commercial quantity of cocaine.

At the time, Evdocia denied the accusations and said she “had never even smoked a cigarette.”

On Wednesday, the SA court heard Evdocia, a grandmother of six, was diagnosed with dementia in 2017 and her family has been insisting to police that she cannot care for herself, let alone commit the crime.

Evdocia and her grandson are due to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court next month to answer to the criminal charges.

Source: The Advertiser

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