Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) today revealed that one of the suspects arrested over the bust of an extensive drug trafficking network on Thursday is a military officer.
MNDF media official First Lieutenant Abdulla Ali said that the details of the arrested officer would be revealed by the Police. It has been learned that the suspect is an officer of the Coast Guard.
“Police have been asked to continue the investigation as they wish. So the details would also be disclosed by them,” Abdulla Ali said.
However, Police are yet to comment over their investigation into the bust.
Police had earlier revealed that two men 30 and 32 years respectively had been arrested during a joint operation of the Police Drug Enforcement Department and Intelligence. Police so far have not divulged any details of the two suspects, as Police off late reveal details of suspects once the case is forwarded to the Prosecutor General (PG) for prosecution.
According to the Police the first arrested was the 32 year old male who was arrested after two cigarette packets filled with substances believed to be illegal narcotics were discovered from his jeans pocket during a check near Kalaafaanu School around 3:00pm on Thursday. Police said that one cigarette pack contained 20 rubber packets of suspected drugs while the other contained 21. Just prior to the check, the suspect had been seen trying to get rid of a third cigarette pack with another 20 rubber packets, Police added.
The other suspect in the drug syndicate was arrested from his apartment under a court order. Police said during the raid of the apartment, machines and other items believed to be used for weighing and packing drugs were found including large amounts of cash. In addition, MVR300,000 and USD3,000 were recovered from a safe inside the apartment, Police said. Police further added that 40 bullet size, one with 406 grams and two 1.28 Kilograms packets were discovered from the place.