5.5 kilos of heroine caught in Southern Maldives

Officers from Drug Enforcement Department (DED) pictured during a raid. Photo: Maldives Police Service

Addu City, Maldives — In an offshore operation by Maldives Police Service and MNDF, 5.5 kilos of heroine has been caught in Addu City.

Commissioner of Police, Mohamed Hameed tweeted stating that the Police Intelligence, police officers and Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) officers stationed in Addu City were involved in the operation.

The operation was based on the information Police Intelligence received about a large shipment of drugs being trafficked from G. Dh. Thinadhoo to Addu City through sea.

A suspected speedboat travelling to Addu from G. Dh. Thinadhoo was stopped by police and military officers at approximately 05:20 pm on Monday. When searched, five packages of heroine were found and the police said that these packets weighed a total of 5.5 kilos. 

Six people were arrested that were suspected to be in connected to the case. They were identified as one 18 year old woman, three 26 year old men, one 28 year old man and one 30 year old man.

This case is currently under further investigation by the police.

11 people were recently arrested in a similar operation kept by the Drug Enforcement Department and Police Intelligence where heroine weighing of 61.06 kilos were seized. They were said to be worth approximately MVR 72 million.