Police seize drugs worth MVR525,000 in drug busts

Police have seized drugs with a street value in excess of MVR525,000 (US$34,046) in two drug bust in Malé last week.

According to police media, three Maldivian men aged 32, 33, and 34 were arrested near the Hulhumalé express jetty on Thursday morning (August 7) in an operation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Department (DED).

Drugs with an estimated street value of MVR480,000 (US$31,128) was found in the backpack of the 33-year-old.

The Criminal Court has since extended the remand detention of the suspects to 10 days.

In the second operation, a 52-year-old Maldivian man was arrested with drugs worth MVR45,000 (US$2,918) from a room in the Maafaru guest house Thursday night. The guest house was raided based on intelligence information.

Police also found two cellophane wrapping rolls and a small weighing device.