The Maldives Police Service has announced the seizure of illegal drugs with a suspected value of Rf184,000 (US$14,431) during a two day period late last month.
The drugs were found during three separate cases recorded by authorities between 30 January and 31 January.
Among these cases, police said they arrested a person at GMR Male’ International Airport’s domestic terminal on 31 January who was said to be carrying 20 bullet sized packets containing illegal narcotics as well as four small packets of cannabis.
According to the police, the airport officers on duty at the time said they has discovered the drugs during a search of the suspect.
The Police claimed that the street value of the illegal drugs found on the individual would fetch up to Rf100,000 (US$7,843).
The second case was related to a report received by police intelligence that led to a search of Mahchangolhi Kulhafilaage for drugs and the discovery of eight bullet-sized packets of suspected illegal drugs.
The Police Service said that upon searching garments in the house, 53 packets of suspected illegal drugs were discovered stored inside the pocket of two shirts as well as another two bullet sized packs.
Inside short pockets in the house, police said they additionally found packets containing suspected illegal drugs.
Police officers who searched the house also reported finding two 500ml life water bottles filled with alcohol and seven other packets containing illegal drugs on an individual.
The Police Service said that two men were arrested in connection to the case, which resulted in drugs with a value of Rf50,000 (US$3,921) being found.
In another case reported over the two day period, police intelligence said they had acted over reports that a person aboard a boat travelling to Velidhoo in Noonu Atoll was carrying drugs and conducted a special operation in collaboration with the Velidhoo police station.
Police said the suspect had thrown away a bag when he saw the police, but it was later retrieved and checked in his presence.
Seven plastic packets of narcotics, a can of cannabis and other materials linked to drug use were found inside it.
Police said the street value of the drugs found in the third case would be approximately Rf34,000 (US$2,666)