Police on Thursday arrested two alleged drug lords believed to be controlling a wide network of illegal drugs in the Maldives.
The Police Intelligence and Drug Enforcement Department conducted a joint special operation to arrest the pair and find the drugs.
The operation was conducted on Thursday afternoon at 3:10pm. The pair arrested were aged 30 and 32, and included an Maldivian National Defence Force (MNDF) officer.
According to police, the 32 year-old man was brought under arrest near Kalaafaanu School and his body was searched.
Police discovered 20 bullet-sized packets of drugs in his right pocket, and 21 packets in his left pocket. The drugs were inside cigarette packets, police said.
Police also searched a cigarette packet he had discarded and discovered a further 20 packets of drugs.
During the operation police obtained a search warrant from the court and searched his apartment on the third floor of Thoddoogeyge in the Henveiru ward of Male.
When police searched a cupboard in the room inside the apartment, police discovered 40 bullet-sized packets of drugs and a further 406 grams of drugs.
Police said when the officers searched another cupboard they found two large packets containing a total of 1.28 kilograms of drugs.
A safe in the room was also found to contain more than MVR 300,000 (US$19,500) was also discovered and some US$3000 was also found inside the room, police said.
Furthermore, police said four digital scales believed to be used to determine the weight of the drugs and a packing machine were also found at the place.
Police said the 30 year-old man was arrested while he was inside the same apartment.