Police have arrested a pair of men in possession of two packets of suspected narcotics.
Police received reports that people were transporting drugs on a boat travelling from Male’ to islands in Huvadhoo Atoll.
Police from Gaaf Alifu Vilingili conducted an operation and found the drugs while the vessel was moored in the Gaafu Alifu Nilhandhoo harbor.
Police found the drugs hidden in the shock absorbers of a motorbike on the boat.
The two men arrested are Ziraaru Saeed, 26, Gaafu Alifu Dhandhoo, Hefinaaz and Shamoodh Adam, 26, of Unimaage of the same island.
The drug enforcement department and Vilingili police are investigating the case
Police have arrested two men suspected of being among the most prolific drug dealers in the Gaaf Dhaal and Faumulaku regions.
Both men were in possession of narcotics when the arrests were made. Police said the arrests followed an operation conducted by a team from Male’ to track and apprehend major players in the drug industry.
The Gaaf Dhaal dealer was arrested on 1 January on Gaaf Dhaal Thinadhoo. The Faumulaku man was arrested on 4 January.
Both are currently under police custody while the case is being investigated.
Police have arrested a man in Laamu atoll Mathimaradhu in relation to drug trafficking.
Police claimed that Hassan ‘Achan’ Yoosuf was a major player in the drug trade for Laamu Atoll, and believed to control more than 50% of the drug trade in the atoll.
Sub-Inspector Ahmed Azhan of the Drug Investigation Department said police have been keeping tabs on Yoosuf for “quite some time now.”
Police said when Yoosuf was apprehended he tried to dispose of some packets that were in his possession, which were later confirmed to be 50 grams of narcotics.
Azhan said that Yoosuf’s arrest was a huge step forward in the fight against drugs.