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Marijuana plants. (File Photo)
Marijuana plants. (File Photo)

An estimation of $7.6 million street value of marijuana was calculated for 2011.

This was confirmed to FijiLive by the National Substance Abuse Advisory Council (NSAAC) director Misaele Driubalavu.

The value is an estimation of 1,525 plants that was uprooted in 2011.

According to statistics provided by Fiji Police, this is a huge drop compared to 12,572 plants uprooted in 2010 worth a street value of $62.8 million and 67,333 in 2009  with $336.6 million.

Driubalavu said cannabis received at Koronivia Research Station shows a total of 12,519 plants in 2010 compared to 26,945 in 2009.

Meanwhile, for hard drugs seized, Contact NT Granules, 3 kg cocaine and pseudoephedrine worth $13 million was confiscated by police in 2010 where 7 people were arrested.

Fiji Police recorded 357 kg heroin worth $AUD100 million in 2000 and $1 billion worth of crystal methamphetamine in 2004 where 6 people were arrested.

By Ropate Valemei

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