Drugs Operations Continue

More arrests are being made throughout the country as operations continues its focus on those involved in the cultivation, manufacturing and distribution of illicit drugs.

This morning, two men and a woman were arrested in Korovuto Nadi following a raid which resulted in the discovery of white substances believed to be methamphetamine.

The Divisional Police Commander West (DPC/W) Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Iakobo Vaisewa said all three remain in custody, and the seized substances and smoking apparatuses will be taken for analysis.

The Divisional Police Commander West said on Monday in Naikabula, Lautoka, a 47-year-old man was taken into custody following a raid conducted at his home resulting in the discovery of clear plastics containing crystal like substances believed to be methamphetamine, and clear plastics containing dried leaves believed to be marijuana.

SSP Vaisewa said also seized was close to $13,000 cash believed to be from proceeds of crime. In another raid conducted in Sigatoka, a 30-year-old woman was arrested following the discovery of parcels containing bullets of dried leaves and plastic bags containing branches of dried leaves all believed to be marijuana.

Last week, a man was arrested in Lautoka after he was found with dried leaves believed to be marijuana packed and ready for distribution.

Team of officers from the Narcotics Bureau, Fiji Detector Dog Unit (FDDU) and the Western Division K9 are conducting the joint raids with more expected in the coming days and weeks.

Meanwhile in the Northern Division, a 37-year-old farmer of Seaqaqa was arrested following a raid conducted by the Northern Division Taskforce resulting in the seizure of marijuana.

Divisional Police Commander North (DPC/N) Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kemueli Baledrokadroka said a bucket of loose dried leaves, and a large amount of dried leaves wrapped in a tarpaulin as well as plants all tested positive as marijuana was seized.

The accused has since been charged with one count of unlawful possession of illicit drugs and one count of unlawful cultivation of illicit drugs and was produced at the Labasa Magistrates Court.

He has been remanded till the next court hearing on the 20th of November, 2023. SSP Baledrokadroka said in another report, a 45-year-old woman was arrested and charged after she was found with clear plastics and bullets of dried leaves tested positive as marijuana in Labasa.

The accused was charged with one count of unlawful possession of illicit drugs, produced at the Labasa Magistrates Court and was bailed to reappear on the 15th of January 2024.

The Divisional Police Commander North said cultivators and suppliers are under their radar and with the help of crime prevention committees and members of the community who have been sharing information, more arrests will be made this festive season.

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