Police seize large quantities of alcohol, arrest 3

Alcohol seized by the DED in a counter-narcotics operation. (File Photo/Maldives Police Service)

Police have seized a large quantity of alcohol bottles and made three arrests in a Drug Enforcement Department (DED) operation in the Maldivian capital. 

Three suspects were arrested in the operation, which was conducted in Male’ City and suburban Hulhumale’ on Wednesday, December 1. 

The suspects were identified as a 27-year-old Maldivian male, a 28-year-old Bangladeshi male, and a 51-year-old Bangladeshi male. 

The operation was conducted by the DED and Counter-Narcotics Intelligence based on information received by Police Intelligence of an illegal alcohol trafficking operation in Hulhumale’. 

The 27-year-old suspect was arrested when police found an alcohol bottle after they stopped and searched a taxi in Male’, while the other two suspects were arrested when police found 22 alcohol bottles when they stopped and searched a motorcycle in Hulhumale’. 

When presented before the court for their remand hearings, the 27-year-old suspect was remanded in custody of police for five days, while the other two suspects were remanded in custody of the police for three days. 

The case is under further investigation by the DED.