Local authorities have discovered illicit narcotic substances in the possession of a minor from a residence at Noonu atoll Velidhoo.

According to Maldives Police Service, the operation was conducted following intelligence report to their Police Intelligence Unit in which they collaborated with Velidhoo Police Unit.

The suspect, below the age of 18 was arrested from their residence in possession of the narcotic substances. The substances were packed in a small plastic-packet and weighed approximately 52 grams.

Recent crackdown on drugs by Maldives Police have resulted in confiscation of narcotic substances in massive numbers, while many local drug peddlers and smugglers have been arrested during police operations.

Moreover, the authority confirms a total of 119 reports all related to illicit narcotic substances, in varying degrees, while Maldives Police claim 35% of all cases lodged at the authority are related to drug peddling and its trade.