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More Drugs Intercepted at Nadi

More Drugs Intercepted at Nadi
Sainimere Niasa and her husband, Waisele Vateitei, selling souvenirs in Suva during the arrival of Majestic Princess ocean cruise liner on September 21, 2018. Photo: Wati Talebula
August 28
03:26 2014

The war on drugs continues after border control customs officers at the Nadi International Airport Post Office intercepted a parcel on Monday containing five plastic packets of white powder sent from Ukraine.

The parcel weighed at 5.5 kilograms and after preliminary tests revealed the presence of pseudoephedrine drugs in the contents of the five packs.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the case was being investigated and the alleged substance had been sent for further analysis.

“At this point we can confirm that we have received the report and we are investigating the matter,” Ms Naisoro said.

The substance has been sent for further analysis to the Koronivia Research Station. The Police are reminding the public that hefty penalties are in place for those who continue to be involved in this illegal trade.

“This latest drug find is a show of our vigilance and commitment in ensuring we keep such illegal substances from entering our country,” she said.

Sources have confirmed that a Nadi businessman has been taken into custody after he allegedly tried to clear the parcel from the post office on Tuesday.

The street value of the parcel contents is estimated at F$9.6million.

Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority chief executive officer Jitoko Tikolevu said: “Pseudoephedrine is a controlled substance under Schedule 2, Part 1 of the Illicit Drugs Control Act 2004.

Meanwhile Australian Trevor Mervyn Tamblyn, 67, and local barman Iowane Apisai Draiva, 42, are facing the court for their alleged involvement in an earlier drug racket.

Both are charged with one count of importation of a controlled chemical contrary to Section 6 (a) of the Illicit Drug Control Act of 2004.

They are charged with the importation of 584.4 grams of pseudoephedrine between March 26 and April 1, this year.

It is alleged that between March 26 and April 1, 2014, customs officers intercepted two parcels at Nadi International Airport containing a Johnson & Johnson baby powder plastic bottle and five miniature toys addressed to Draiva.

The parcels, which were allegedly sent from Burundi, Africa, had tested positive for pseudoephedrine.

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