Police have arrested 12 men for gambling inside a house in Male’s Maafannu ward last night at about 2:15am.
According to police, police intelligence received information that a group of people involved in robberies occurring in Male’ were gambling inside Ameera Manzil (a house in Maafannu ward).
Police obtained a search warrant from the court and searched the house last night, and in their presence of the men, discovered four packets of illegal drugs, the chip sets they used, and Rf24,193 (US$1612).
The arrested 12 men were aged between 19 and 30 and all were male, police said.
According to police statistics revealed by Commissioner of Police Abdulla Riyaz, 112 premisises have been searched so far in this year leading to the arrest of two alleged drug lords.
Riyaz said that so far this year police have conducted 6311 searches of people suspected suspected of using illegal drugs .
Gambling is strictly prohibited in Islam, and anything prohibited under Islam is illegal in the Maldives.