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Police clamps down on North drug trade

Several seizures of substances believed to be methamphetamine and marijuana were made in the Northern Division over the last 48-hour period.

Assistant Commissioner of Police – Operations (ACP) Livai Driu said a raid conducted in Namara, Labasa resulted in the seizure of several clear plastics containing white substances believed to be methamphetamine, smoking apparatuses, and tools.

ACP Driu also confirmed the seizure of cash.

In another case, officers from the Narcotics Bureau, Crime Intel, and Northern Division Task Force intercepted a vehicle driven by a man from Tuatua and found a small plastic containing white substances believed to be methamphetamine.

ACP Driu added snap checks conducted during the night in Bagasau resulted in the discovery of dried leaves believed to be marijuana.

The head of the Fiji Police Operations reiterates that operations continue to gain momentum in the pursuit of those involved in illicit drugs.

“Every seizure counts. Every arrest is making a difference. We have arrested those who have been repeat offenders, and we will continue to put pressure on those involved in the illicit drug trade.”

“We understand that there have been some allegations of police involvement, and I reiterate the Acting Commissioner’s stance, that any reports of police involvement will be dealt with thoroughly through our internal disciplinary measures as well as our CID when criminal in nature.”

ACP Driu said the monthly crime statistics have consistently shown an increase in the number of reports and arrests made, growing every month; a reflection of the positive outcome of consistent collaboration with stakeholders in curbing the illicit drug trade.

Ilaitia Ravuwai
Ilaitia Ravuwai
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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