7 arrested in 3 DED operations in Hulhumale’

File photo of Drug Enforcement Department (DED) conducting a raid. (File Photo/Maldives Police Service)

Maldives Police Service has arrested seven suspects in three counter-narcotics operations in suburban Hulhumale’.

The joint operations were run by the Drug Enforcement Department and Police Intelligence on Thursday, June 25.

In the first operation, the police stopped and searched a truck travelling from Hulhumale’ to Male’, seizing a shipment of alcohol which was being smuggled into the city.

The police arrested one suspect in connection to the case, a 26-year-old Bangladeshi man. The Criminal Court has issued an order for the suspect to be remanded in police custody in a detention facility determined by the Home Ministry for five days.

In the other two operation, the police obtained warrants and searched two social housing units in Hulhumale’, from where they seized drugs and alcohol.

The police arrested two suspects from the first housing unit; a 26-year-old Maldivian man and a 29-year-old Maldivian man, both of whom have been remanded in police custody for 15 days.

And from the second housing unit, the police arrested four suspects; a 20-year-old Maldivian man, a 21-year-old Maldivian man, a 28-year-old Maldivian man and a 42-year-old Maldivian man. They have been remanded in police custody for five days.

All three cases are under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Department.