Police: Latest drug seizure worth more than $85m

Fiji Police say its latest drug operation resulted in the seizure of more than 1.2 tonnes of marijuana plants worth more than $85million within a one-month period.

This was revealed by Police at a meeting conducted by Police in the past week to brief Commissioner Eastern Vitale Varo and various government agencies of its drug operation underway in Kadavu as it continues its war against illegal drug cultivation on the island.

Those represented in the meeting included officials from the Ministries of Agriculture, Commerce and Trade, Tourism, Transport, Health, Fisheries, Water Authority and the Commissioner Eastern’ Office.

Director Community Policing Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Bereta Naisua presented ongoing efforts in the war against drugs, giving stakeholders the opportunity to discuss an all-governmental approach aimed at tackling the problem.

SSP Naisua said the Fiji Police was focused on reducing and curbing the illegal trade because of the negative social impacts it was having on the people of Kadavu.

She said operations would continue over the coming weeks.

In the Police statement, Mr Varo acknowledged policing efforts and agreed that stakeholders would need to work together to find solutions to the drug problem in Kadavu.

“We have to work together to draw up the best way of combining our resources and capabilities to effect change and shift the focus of those involved in drugs towards other viable farming options,” he said.

The next meeting expected soon will allow participants to come up with models and ideas and plans towards the whole Integrated Rural Development Framework focusing more on alternative ways to assist in curbing the illegal drug trade, Police said.