The Maldives Police Services have confiscated 70 bottles of liquor and 70 cans of beer with a street value of MVR200,000 (US12,970) from Faamudheyrige in Maafannu ward in Malé.
The police searched Faamudheyrige under a court warrant following the arrest of a foreign national carrying three bottles of liquor on the street.
Head of the Drug Enforcement Department Ahmed Shifan claimed it is foreigners who are mainly active in Malé’s black market trade in alcohol, but said they received help from Maldivians.
The police have noted a spike in alcohol sales in Malé this month due to new year celebrations, and have confiscated at least 400 containers of alcohol since December 1.
Shifan has previously said the police would not allow the use of alcohol or other illegal activities to take place at new year celebrations.
Police have seized drugs with a street value in excess of MVR525,000 (US$34,046) in two drug bust in Malé last week.
According to police media, three Maldivian men aged 32, 33, and 34 were arrested near the Hulhumalé express jetty on Thursday morning (August 7) in an operation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Department (DED).
Drugs with an estimated street value of MVR480,000 (US$31,128) was found in the backpack of the 33-year-old.
The Criminal Court has since extended the remand detention of the suspects to 10 days.
In the second operation, a 52-year-old Maldivian man was arrested with drugs worth MVR45,000 (US$2,918) from a room in the Maafaru guest house Thursday night. The guest house was raided based on intelligence information.
Police also found two cellophane wrapping rolls and a small weighing device.
Police have arrested two male suspects – aged 31 and 48 – with drugs worth over MVR900,000 (US$58,365) in street value.
According to police, the 31-year-old suspect had a criminal record for committing a robbery in 2011. The pair were arrested on Monday (June 23) based on intelligence information suggesting their involvement in drug trafficking.
The drugs were found in their possession when the suspects were searched near the Hulhumalé ferry terminal upon their arrival in Male’ from the airport. Further evidence was discovered after police searched their residence with a court warrant.
The drugs are believed to have been smuggled through the airport.
The Criminal Court yesterday extended the remand detention of the suspects to five days.