The Maldives Police Service has released the identities of the suspects in the taxi drug case, which was conducted as part of a counter-narcotics operation earlier this month.
The ringleader of the taxi drug case, according to police, is Arshad Khalid, 26, who was previously released when the drug allegations filed against him were not substantiated in court.
He was freed by the Criminal Court on the grounds that the accusations against him had not been proven, after the Supreme Court had ordered his detention awaiting the conclusion of the trial.
In addition to Arshad, other suspects in the case include his brother, Ahmed Mujahidh, 29; Ali Zubair, 52; Mohamed Akram Abdul Hannan, 31; and Ahmed Sunain, 25.
According to police, Arshad and Akram fled the nation after smuggling drugs into the Maldives.
On December 12, police seized almost 100 kg of narcotics during a check of a taxi in Male’ City. After searching three residences in Male’, one house in Hulhumale’, a private car, and three motorcycles, they discovered additional packets of drugs connected to the same, bringing the total quantity of drugs confiscated to 119 kilos.