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.
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.