17 arrested in drug bust

17 individuals were arrested on Friday for using and trading recreational drugs in capital Male'.

The police revealed that the he Police Intelligence Department, together with Drug Enforcement Intelligence raided a home in Galolhu ward of Male' city after they received a tip of ongoing drug trade. Men between ages 18 and 38 were arrested in the operation.

The police searched the premises under a court order and discovered 10 cellophane wrapped packets and 164 rubber packets, along with a film can containing substances suspected to be drugs.

The police are currently investigating the case further.