In a major drug bust, Indian police have arrested three Maldivians who were trying to smuggle 17 kg of hashish oil to the island nation from Trivandrum International Airport.
The Times of India reported that the three smugglers were notorious international drug dealer Shanees Maheer, 27, and his accomplices Aiman Ahmed, 24, and Ibrahim Fauzan Solih, 29.
They were captured by a shadow police team that had been tailing the trio for three days. According to Indian media, the three men had shifted their locations between various luxury hotels in the southern city of Trivandrum.
The police unit shadowing them had checked into the same hotels and discovered that Shanees, Aiman and Fauzan had purchased 32 kg of cooking oil sachets. The Times of India said that it was believed that the trio had intended to smuggle the hashish oil in the emptied sachets.
The media further reported that Shanees had been on the run from authorities, with a record of illegal drug dealing via transhipment and mid-sea transactions. Aiman and Fauzan are also said to have connections in the international drug market.
The worth of the seized hashish oil is estimated at around USD 744,500 on the international drug market.
Indian police have also said that they would be making more arrests in the near future.