3 arrested in Raiwaqa for allegedly importing methamphetamine

3 arrested in Raiwaqa for allegedly importing methamphetamine

By Rashika Kumar
Thursday 09/02/2023
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Three people have been arrested in Raiwaqa, Suva on Tuesday for allegedly importing methamphetamine.

Police say a jointly controlled operation conducted by the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service and the Fiji Police Force resulted in the arrest.

FRCS Chief Executive Officer Mark Dixon says the joint operation was another example of how the FRCS and its law enforcement partners worked in collaboration to keep illicit and lethal drugs off the Fijian streets.

He says the close collaboration, vigilance, and capabilities of all stakeholders at the borders continue to disrupt criminal syndicates attempting to bring drugs into the country.

Dixon says they are not only detecting drugs at the border but together they are stopping those involved in their importation.

The CEO says by preventing the trafficking of illegal drugs, FRCS is protecting the Fijian communities against the devastating social impacts, saving lives, and reducing drug-associated criminal activities and health problems.

Dixon further says organised criminal groups are very agile in adapting their smuggling efforts to try and take advantage of any situation, however, he says the combined capabilities of all border enforcement agencies made it difficult for those wanting to smuggle the illicit substances and the success of this controlled operation is a testament to that.

Acting Commissioner of Police Juki Fong Chew says the modus operandi of those involved in the illicit drug trade is constantly evolving and similarly, new measures are being adopted by law enforcement stakeholders to disrupt their operations.

He adds every arrest, every seizure goes a long way in safeguarding and protecting individuals, families and our society from the devastating impacts of illicit drugs.

Police have yet to confirm the amount of drugs that was allegedly imported.

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