Maldivians arrested in India taken out for evidence collection

Aiman Ahmed, 24; Ibrahim Fauzan Salih, 29 and Shaneez Maheer, 27 being taken to a hotel in Trivandrum, India on June17, 2018 for gathering evidence in the case. (Photo/The Hindu/S. Mahinsha)

The three Maldivian nationals arrested from neighboring India two weeks ago with a large cache of narcotics were taken out of judicial custody and taken several locations by the Indian police to collect evidence in the case last Sunday.

Shaneez Maheer, 27; Aiman Ahmed, 24; and Ibrahim Fauzan Salih, 29 were arrested from Indian city Trivandrum with 17 kilos of hashish oil in an operation run by Kerala Anti-Narcotic Special Action Force (KANSAF).

The estimated street value of the cache of narcotics seized in the operation is USD 7 million.

(From L-R) Aiman Ahmed, Shaneez Maheer and Fauzan Salih. (Photo/Times of India)

Indian newspaper, The Hindu reports the three suspects were taken to two hotels at Thampanoor, Trivandrum and near the Secretariat where they had stayed for a few days before they were arrested.

The newspaper also reports the police are trying to identify those who supplied the narcotics to the three suspects to be smuggled abroad.