The Maldives Customs Service announced that it has taken steps to enhance the agency following the incident with a tourist carrying bullets at Velana International Airport (VIA).
Authorities initiated an investigation on July 10 when a 60-year-old tourist from Namibia was detained by the Aviation Security Command at VIA for possessing bullets. He was later released from custody and deported.
According to Commissioner General of Customs Abdulla Shareef, who spoke to a local media outlet, the investigation concluded that the tourist had the bullets when he entered the country, and that the present scanning technology was unable to detect the rounds in the tourist’s luggage.
While emphasizing that Customs officials will have a maximum of three seconds to make a judgement if they detect anything suspicious, Shareef noted that it is conceivable for bullets to be carried into the country without alerting an officer as the existing system is out of date.
Shareef stressed that the port authorities must supply Customs with the necessary equipment, including scan machines equipped with latest technology, as required by law, to prevent such an occurrence from happening again.
He stated that Customs is working to secure the most up-to-date equipment to address the issues raised by the recent incident.