Man arrested with drugs released due to erroneous court order

Criminal Court. (File Photo/Sun/Fayaz Moosa)

A man arrested with a large quantity of drugs in a counter-narcotics operation Wednesday has been released from police custody because he wasn’t served a search warrant before the police searched his residence.

The suspect, a 36-year-old male, was arrested on suspicion of illegal storage, trade and trafficking of drugs and alcohol.

The police found drugs during a search of his apartment at the Sinamale’ flats in Galolhu district of Male’ City.

At his remand hearing Thursday, the Criminal Court found he wasn’t served with a search warrant before the police raided his apartment.

The court found the evidence found in the search was therefore illegally obtained.

He was released due to lack of evidence.