Maldives Customs Service Thursday revealed that most of illicit narcotics trafficked into the Maldives come through neighbors India.
Speaking during a press conference to relay information on drugs seized by the Customs, Deputy Commissioner Fathih Ali detailed that as the Maldives is situated in front of the countries with the largest production of illicit narcotics in the world, the supply would flow to cater the demand. On that note, he stressed that the solution to the drug problem is to create a society protected and free from drugs.
“We have already signed a MoU with India. That is to share customs related information between the two countries,” Fathih added.
He further said that the government must step up efforts to ensure that the society is free from drugs. To that end, he detailed that the rehabilitation process needs to be strengthened and the laws and regulations must be properly implemented.
Fathih also pointed out that the efforts to combat drugs had not been designated to a special authority earlier but added that the process had now been completed with the establishment of the National Drug Agency (NDA). He added that the information related to the issues with drugs would be made available from under one roof in future.
According to Customs’ statistics, 5.6kg of drugs had been seized during various joint operations with the Police where the street value is estimated to be around MVR5.2 million.