Drug Enforcement Department seizes illegal narcotics worth Rf1 million

A haul of illegal narcotics valued at more than Rf1 million was seized over the past two weeks, Superintendent Ahmed Jinah, head of the Police Drug Enforcement Department (DED), told local media today.

Jinah revealed that the total street value of the seized illegal drugs was estimated at about Rf1,040,000 (US$80,900).

“During  a special operation conducted by police, [we] seized 425 large packets of illegal drugs that were yet to be distributed to the streets,” he said. ”Two men have been arrested in connection with this case.”

Jinah did not divulge the names of the two persons adding that the investigation was at an early stage.

”The capture of these packets was a great success, as it could potentially have been out in the streets,” he said.

He added that police were now trying to determine who else may be involved in the case as well as how the drugs were smuggled in to the country.

Jinah claimed said that the past two weeks had been very successful in terms of the work of the police DED.

“We have seven very serious drug related cases now currently under investigation,” he said.

During the press conference, Inspector Ibrahim Nawaz, deputy head of the Serious and Organized Crime Department (SOC), said that police were currently trying to ensure that public parks and other public areas were safe and free of criminal activity.

“We are now monitoring the public parks and places made to comfort people at their free time, to make sure it is really used by the public,” Nawaz said.

Meanwhile, said Nawaz, a second round of rehabilitation programmes for minors was now underway at the Feydhufinolhu correctional training centre for juvenile delinquents.

“The qualification of some of the children we have at Feydhufinolhu is such a low level that it is hard for us to believe,” he said. “There are some children that do not even know how to read and write.”

The programme was intended for young people between the ages of 16 to 18.

“We advise parents to be more attentive to their children,” he said. “Sometimes, it has been reported that children threaten their parents telling them they will be physically attacked if their names were given to police to send them to Feydhufinolhu.”

Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam meanwhile referred to a recent decision to publicise the identities of 17 high-profile “dangerous criminals” together with their crime records and alleged gang affiliation. Shiyam revealed that police have since received complaints from residents of certain areas in Male’ saying that they did not wish to be linked with the names of the gangs.


6 thoughts on “Drug Enforcement Department seizes illegal narcotics worth Rf1 million”

  1. yawns ..!! Maldives police can do whatever it wants ( head of drug is busy with his weekly illegal drug marketing classes!!!! ) ... the government really needs enforcement on the airport and the ports ... or else these statistics will go to billions which would encourage others to drug trading !! Government needs to increase their efforts against drug traffickers and corrupted officials .. that's all thank you

  2. Intercepting a trafficking person or a peddler is not really doing much. at present an estimated USD 2.5 million is traded on the street , calculation method applied here is that ,
    in the last survey done maldives has atleast 30 thousand users, assuming that each users will spend on 2 pieces a week that would be about 60,000 pieces a week . a total of 240, 000 pieces a month the average price of a piece at street value is approx 120 ruffiya now that works out to about Ruffiya 28,800,000 a month. approximately 2.5 million dollars a month. at a time when dollars are hard to come by how hard would it be to trace that kind of money . its about time the police actually left the paddlers alone and tried to trace the real kingpins and stop wasting public funds to show off statistics and win public favour .
    catch the real financer and that will make a dent in the drug trade

  3. Yeah right. Why would they ever do that. The "real kingpins" and the "real financiers" are those in power. They will always be as long as the simple economics of supply and demand make the drug trade one of the most profitable enterprises in this country.

    Whether it is wrong or right is a matter for the people of this country to decide. Apparently political grandstanding and preachy showboating is the order of today.

    Bring on the Islamic Shari'ah, the military rule, the despots and dictators. The people have lost all faith in the democratic experiment because of the MDP's failed attempts at taking any and all ownership of the word "democracy" as uttered in our country.

  4. question...!

    why does the police report or media reports alwas say drugs? i bet we all know all the sorts of drugs so can the report be more factual....?

    see, drugs can be anything that takes you high..so what is it thats "alwas caught, never destroyed"? we dont know what happens to them...I think we need to know the exact scenario here. hello.
    stup fU*&i%ng wth us.

  5. valkyrie on Thu, 28th Apr 2011 8:51 PM -- Spot on!!!! couldnt have said it any better. Obviously drugs is bought from abroad and the kingpins wont be paying it in rufiya. !! someone/people with a lot of dollars doing the trade!!!!!!!

  6. As a former Coast Guard man , i know how things are checked before giving the clearence to those cargo vessels that comes to Maldives. It is impossible to check a vessel by a coast guard man. We definietly need sniffing dogs, if we want to stop these drugs coming to Maldives. I don't understande why the authorities are so reluctant to keep dogs to chek all the entry points to Maldives. Can the gov. explain this pls?


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