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$4M North Drug Haul

$4M North Drug Haul
Fiji Police Force chief operations officer Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Maretino Qiolevu chief guest at the Digicel Duavata Northern Crime Prevention Carnival at Subrail Park in Labasa on July 7, 2018. Photo: Shratika Naidu
July 09
10:59 2018

Police operations in the Northern Di­vision last month resulted in the sei­zure of more than $4 million worth of marijuana, Police say.

And Police will step up its operations on this front because of the illicit drug on in­nocent people, families and society as a whole.

This has been revealed by Fiji Police Force chief operations officer Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Maretino Qiolevu.

AACP Qiolevu was speaking at Subrail Park, Labasa, on Saturday night as a chief guest at the Digicel Duavata Northern Crime Prevention Carnival during crown­ing night.

“Recently, we have just completed the na­tional operation on drugs and during the month of June, officers had been conduct­ing raids throughout Vanua Levu, focusing on the illegal marijuana trade,” he said.

“It is against the law and that means we will not rest.

“The effect of this drug is real.

“Innocent people have become victims of crime, families torn apart and society as a whole is affected.

“We are, however, extremely pleased with the recent activation of a number of crime prevention committees that have provided information to assist in our war against drugs.

“Community leaders are stepping up and rallying members of their communities to help eradicate this illegal trade.”

Sexual offences ‘worrying’

AACP Qiolevu said sexual offences were becoming a major concern for them.

“We have received quite a number of re­ports to date and what is even more worry­ing is that the victim and perpetrator are related,” he said.

“Equally worrying is the involvement of juveniles in sexual offence cases.

“We have been active in enlisting the sup­port of religious organisations and key stakeholders to fight this crime, but more needs to be done by every individual in ad­dressing sexual offences.

“Children and women should feel safe in their homes and it is incumbent on every­one to help address sexual offences.

“If you notice worrying signs, don’t just look the other way.

“Let us know because we want to do more than just receive reports once the offence has occurred.

“We want to be proactive and prevent it from happening.”

Edited by Epineri Vula

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