4 arrested after bust on contraband smuggling operation in Maafushi Prison

Contraband confiscated during bust on a smuggling operation in Maafushi Prison on December 17, 2018. (Photo/Maldives Police Service)

Maldives Police Service has arrested four suspects in a contraband smuggling operation connected to Maafushi Prison.

MPS says the operation was run last Monday based on intel of a conspiracy to smuggle mobile phones into Maafushi Prison.

The four suspects had harbored a speedboat at the lagoon outside Maafushi Prison, and had swum to the prison to smuggle the contraband in.

MPS says the four suspects; two 24-year-old men, one 32-year-old man and a 43-year-old man were all caught red-handed.

The police found 98 mobile phones, 104 phone chargers, 18 SIM cards, nine headsets, 30 USB cables, 14 phone batteries and one joystick in two bags in their possession.