Maldives Police Service on Monday announced the seizure of 6.8 kilograms of cannabis and arrested three Maldivians in connection to the operation.
According to the Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed, the street value of the seized narcotics were at an estimated MVR 5.6 million.
In the sting operation run by the Drug Enforcement Department, authorities inspected five residences in reclaimed suburb Hulhumale', and arrested three individuals. While two individuals were remanded for 15 days following the discovery of illegal substances at their residences, one was released after authorities were unable to find narcotics at the suspect's residence.
Police further noted that two of the suspects were part of a drug network, adding that certain individuals linked to the network had been previously been arrested.
Authorities have yet to reveal further information about the matter, but assured that an investigation is ongoing.
Under Maldivian law, drug trafficking is a serious criminal offence punishable by life imprisonment and carries a hefty fine in the range of MVR 100,000 (USD 6485) to MVR 1 million (USD 64,850).