Drugs worth MVR 1 mln siezed by Customs

Maldives Customs Service has seized MVR one million worth of drugs.

2.12kg of drugs were being smuggled in a cargo ship that arrived from Tuticorin, India, and were seized on Wednesday in a join operation conducted by Maldives Police Service and Maldives Customs Service.

Upon inspection of the ship, pills suspected to be drugs were discovered hidden away among other cargo. Laboratory investigations confirmed the pills to be hashish oil, of which the street value is estimated to be MVR one million.

Customs also revealed that a Bangladeshi national was caught attempting smuggle in drugs.

The 28-year old man arrived at Velana International Airport on Wednesday, and was checked by customs officials due to suspicious behavior.

Upon investigation, packets containing 1,936 pills of what was suspected to be drugs were discovered in his luggage. The man and the drugs he was caught with were handed over to the police.

Laboratory investigations revealed that the pills were a type of drug known as Amphetamine (Ya Ba), a potent central nervous system stimulant. The street value of the drugs is estimated to be over MVR 200,000.

All suspects related to the incidents and the seized drugs are currently under police custody.