Police have arrested local actor Ibrahim ‘Dhaas’ Giyas along with another man and four women while they were inside a house in Galolhu ward, in possession of illegal drugs and a large amount of cash.
In a statement, police said two men and four women were arrested for being in possession of illegal drugs inside the house. The statement did not reveal the identity of those arrested, but local newspapers confirmed that Giyas was among those taken into custody.
According to police, the group was inside a house called Kamadhoo when police officers searched their room on the ground floor, and discovered six bullet-sized rubber packets containing suspected illegal drugs and MVR 71,470 (US$4640). In a further search, police found 15 more packets containing suspected illegal drugs, empty rubber packets, and US$50.
A forged US$100 dollar note and a 500ml empty water bottle containing suspected alcohol were also discovered inside the room in the first floor of the house, according to the police statement.
Police said the arrested women were aged 21, 23, 31 and 18, while the two men were 31 and 45 years-old.
Local newspaper ‘Haveeru’ reported that the court had previously sentenced Giyas on charges of homosexuality.
Haveeru identified the other man arrested as Mirufath Haneef ‘Hanee’, a well-known local tailor, who was also previously sentenced with Giyas on homosexuality charges.