Customs officials last night seized 11.6 kilograms of illegal narcotics which they claim has an estimated street value of more than MVR 10 million (US$650,000).
The shipment of drugs was hidden inside foam mattresses imported from India.
Customs Superintendent Abdulla Shareef said in a press conference today that customs intelligence had received information about the shipment two months ago, and had been preparing for the operation for a long time.
The drugs were smuggled into the country on a cargo boat that set out from India on June 19, according to Shareef.
Shareef told the press that customs officials searched the boat at 10:00pm while it was docked in the Male’ commercial harbour, and discovered 14 packets hidden inside seven mattresses.
Two Maldivians have been arrested in connection with the case.
According to Shareef, the packets included one kilogram of heroin and 10.6 kilograms of hash oil.
He said the drugs seized were handed to police early this morning.
Police spokesperson Ismail Ali told Minivan News police could not give any details on the case and said they would only confirm the shipment had been handed over.