65 percent of cases sent to the Prosecutor General’s Office (PG Office) are related to drug misuse, according to Prosecutor General Hussain Shameem.
Following the National Bureau of Statistics’ tweet to publish drug-related information on the occasion of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2021, PG Shameem stated that the majority of cases sent to the PG Office involve drug abuse.
According to data shared by the National Bureau of Statistics, a total of 1,425 drug cases were reported last year, with 46 percent of cases being for drug possession, 26 percent for drug selling, 14 percent for drug use, 10 percent for drug trafficking, and the remaining 4 percent for other illegal purposes.
According to statistics, a total of 1,219 persons were imprisoned from 1,425 drug cases submitted to the Maldives Police Service in 2020; 70% of the detainees were between the ages of 18 and 34, 28% were over 35 years old, and the remaining 2% were under the age of 18. Males made up 98 percent of the cases, while females made up 2%.
In reaction to the statistics, Shameem stated that an efficient procedure to deal with the 46 percent of drug possession cases could be constructed, and criminal justice interventions should focus on the 36 percent of illegal drug sale/import.