Customs seize cocaine worth MVR 16 million from tourist

Maldives Police Service disposes of drugs seized in operations on June 26, 2019. (File Photo/Sun/Mohamed Muzain Nazim)

Cocaine worth MVR 126 million has been seized from an Australian national of 66 years traveling from Brazil to the Maldives.

Customs officials stated that the man arrived in the Maldives on October 1 and was searched at the airport due to suspicion by Customs officials who discovered the cocaine in his luggage.

The drugs weighed 4.67 kilos and initial testings showed that it was cocaine. Customs officials stated that the drugs were worth MVR 16,327,913.00. The man and the drugs have now been handed over to the Police, according to Customs.

Customs has seized around 33.16 kilos of drugs from those traveling into the country so far this year.