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Civil employee of Police arrested in drug case

08 March 2019, MVT 15:09
A packet of drugs confiscated by the Police. PHOTO: MIHAARU
08 March 2019, MVT 15:09

Maldives Police Service, on Monday, arrested and suspended one of their civil employees in relation to an ongoing case of drugs being imported to the country.

Police revealed on Wednesday that the individual arrested following an operation conducted by Police in collaboration with Maldives Customs Services. The civil employee was arrested upon his arrival at Velana International Airport from a Sri Lankan Airlines flight on Monday.

No additional details have been revealed about the case as of yet.

Although civil employees serve within Maldives Police Service, they do not wear the uniform and they are not under oath. However, they are also held to the disciplinary rules and regulations imposed on all Police personnel.

Maldives Police revealed that three were arrested based on information of drug importing into the country. Those arrested include two locals, 29-year-old and 30 year old, as well as a 26-year-old foreigner.

Additionally, Police disclosed that Criminal Court has remanded the two locals for seven days, whilst the foreigner has been remanded for a period of 15 days.

According to Maldives Police Service, 24 rubber packets containing suspected drugs were discovered within the luggage of a 29-year-old Maldivian when inspected for suspicious items by Maldives Customs. Police explained that the other 30-year-old local was arrested from within Velana International Airport in an operation conducted based on information acquired regarding the first arrest.

The foreigner was also arrested in an operation that took place on Monday. Police revealed that two bottles containing suspicious substances were discovered by Customs when scanning his luggage

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