A Brazilian traveler has been deported after Maldives Customs officials found 2.6 kilos of cocaine in her luggage.
According to Customs, the traveler, identified as a 23-year-old Brazilian woman, had arrived in Maldives via Doha on Monday, February 6.
Customs officials flagged the traveler for suspicious behavior, and conducted a search of her luggage, during which they found a suspicious substance – which tested positive for cocaine.
The cocaine seized in the operation weighed 2.6 kilos.
The street value of the drugs is estimated to be MVR 6.5 million.
According to Customs, the drugs seized in the operation has been handed over to the police, while the traveler was deported following discussions with law enforcement agencies.
Customs reserves the right to bar entry to people based on intel they use or may use Maldives as a transit point to traffic drugs.