Police question two men in relation to the biggest drug bust in Fiji

Police question two men in relation to the biggest drug bust in Fiji

By Vijay Narayan , Navitalai Naivalurua
Tuesday 16/01/2024
Source: Fiji Police Force

Two men are currently being questioned in relation to the biggest drug bust in Fiji over the weekend.

Assistant Commissioner of Police for Crime, Mesake Waqa says they are looking at all aspects of the investigation including information received that the large drug consignment was destined for Australia.

The Police Eastern Division carried out the drug raid in Namaka after a tip off and ACP Waqa confirms that the Western Division team did not take the lead in the operation.

He says they are also not ruling out the allegation that some Police and Customs officers may be involved in the drug operation.

An investigation is now underway to determine whether some people from certain pharmaceutical companies, a fumigation company, some prominent figures and some officials are connected to a major drug ring involved in the movement and dealing of hard drugs like methamphetamine in the country.

An informant has made some serious allegations against certain individuals after the major drug bust in Nadi over the weekend.

Acting Police Commissioner, Juki Fong Chew has referred the allegations being made against these individuals to the investigators.

Information is also being verified on the alleged importation of arms.

Tikoduadua also confirms that the CID is looking into the allegations.

ACP Waqa says they are seriously looking into the allegations regarding the importation of arms.

Police continue to question people of interest in relation to the seizure of the 3.5 tonnes of hard drugs in Nadi.

The drugs were stored in 797 medium size containers wrapped in brown tape and were seized from a vacant house that is currently under construction in Namaka.

Chew says this should send a clear warning to all those trying to bring drugs into the country.

He says this is one of the biggest seizures ever and this shows that Police are on top of things.

The Acting Commissioner says consistent raids by Police continue and more drugs are being seized.

Chew says the fight against drugs continues and they are out there trying to make our country free from drugs.

He says the fight continues in the form of raids and awareness through the media or from the Community Policing Officers in settlements and schools. The Acting Commissioner adds that engagements with the organization's external partners continue as part of its fight against illicit drugs.

The drugs seized are in Police custody and investigations continue.

When asked by fijivillage News, Chew says they would not be able to establish the street value of the drugs as yet but by the huge amount of seizure of approximately 3.5 tonnes, they may say it is worth millions of dollars.

Chew says the team is in the early stages of the investigation as they try and ascertain who is or who all are connected to this.

One of the biggest methamphetamine lab busts in Fiji was back in 2004 at Laucala Beach where over $1 billion worth of hard drugs was seized.

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