11 arrested with 60kg of drugs

  • Arrested were 11 Maldivians
  • 61.06 kgs of heroin (worth approximately MVR 72 million) were seized
  • 7 suspects were taken into custody from a fishing vessel while the other 4 were apprehended from Hulhumale'.

Mariyam Afaaf Adam

K. Male' 2020 Mar 26 | Thu 12:15 local 2,337

Boat where the 11 suspects were reportedly arrested - Twitter

Authorities have arrested 11 suspects in possession of 60 kg of drugs during a special anti-drug trafficking operation.

Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed - via Twitter on Thursday - revealed that 61.06 kgs of heroin were seized during a joint operation by the Drug Intelligence, Operations team of the Drugs Enforcement Department and Marine Police of the Maldives Police Service (MPS). The commissioner also disclosed that the drugs have a value of approximately MVR 72 million.

Further, authorities state that 11 Maldivians were arrested in connection to the drugs, adding that seven suspects were taken into custody from a fishing vessel while the other four were apprehended from Hulhumale'.

Drug traffickers have commonly been caught attempting to smuggle drugs into the Maldives via sea route, nevertheless, many have been discovered attempting to do so via air travel as well.

As such, police seized over nine kg of drugs in January.

Last updated at: 1 week ago | Reviewed by: Aishath Shaany

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