The Maldives Police Service (MPS) has conducted drug operations in two islands through which one arrest was made.
In a publication on Tuesday, the police institution revealed that they conducted the operations in Manadhoo island of Noonu atoll and Mathiveri island of Alif Alif atoll as part of their ongoing efforts to crackdown on drug smuggling networks and curb drug trafficking across the island nation.
The drug operation in Manadhoo island was carried out on May 22 in cooperation with Police Intelligence, after an intel report was received.
A 24-year-old Maldivian man was arrested under a court order during the operation.
Officers who raided the man’s residence found three cans of beer, a bottle containing suspected alcohol, an empty film cannister, a packet, a large rubber packet, 13 small rubber packets, six pieces of cellophane as well a piece of paper all stuffed with suspected narcotics.
The same day police received an intel report that drugs were smuggled into Mathiveri from a ferry enroute the capital, Malé City. This prompted a joint operation between the intelligence unit and Mathiveri Police Station.
Officers found 19 rubber packets filled with suspected narcotics, after raiding the ferry once it docked in Mathiveri.
No arrests were made in connection with the drug operation.
Both cases are currently under further investigation.