The Criminal Court has sentenced 43 year-old Ahmed Rasheed, of Always Happy House in Male’, to 25 years in prison after finding him guilty of trafficking cannabis into the Maldives.
Rasheed was arrested by police in May 2012 during a police effort to uncover a drug network operating in the Maldives.
The court said police arrested Rasheed on May 2, 2012, at 7:15 pm in an operation conducted following intelligence that Rasheed was in possession of drugs.
According to the Criminal Court, police located Rasheed inside a teashop called ‘Sai Hotaa’. When Rasheed saw the police officers, he pulled out a plastic can that contained illegal drugs and threw it away.
The Criminal Court said that an additional eight cans and a plastic bag containing illegal drugs were discovered inside a locker belonging to Rasheed.
The court said a total of 1152.51 grams of cannabis were discovered.
The Criminal Court has also fined Rasheed MVR 100,000 (US$6500) and ordered him to pay it within a month.
The Police Drug Enforcement Department (DED) busted the large drug network they allege revolved around a 56 year-old man working on the cargo vessel ‘MV Reina’ in May 2012.
The main suspect in the case was arrested when he arrived to the Maldives from Tuticorin in India.