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New Inflatable Boats Help Police Uproot Marijuana In Gau, Tukavesi and Kadavu

A couple who are alleged to have been cultivating and selling marijuana were remanded in Police custody.
15 Aug 2022 16:27
New Inflatable Boats Help Police Uproot Marijuana In Gau, Tukavesi and Kadavu
Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho with Police officers being briefed on the use of the rigid inflatable boats in their operations against drugs in the maritime divisions.

The new Rigid Inflatable Boats, which were donated to the Fiji Police Force have proven to be timely.

This was after the Police Force stepped up its momentum on the war on drugs in the maritime divisions. The boats were donated by the Embassy of Japan last week.

Teams have been deployed to a number of maritime islands following leads on the cultivation of marijuana in new areas.

 

This follows a case where a couple were charged for the alleged cultivation of illicit drugs and produced at the Suva Magistrates Court last Friday following a raid at their home which uncovered a large amount of cash believed to have been proceeds of crime.

A couple who are alleged to have been cultivating and selling marijuana were remanded in Police custody.

The two were arrested following a raid at their home last week which resulted in the discovery of more than $4000 believed to be proceeds of crime and dried leaves tested positive as marijuana.

Information gathered by investigators alleged the two were cultivating marijuana on Gau Island.

A team consisting of officers from the joint Task Forces and the Police Special Response Unit were deployed where they discovered more than 700 marijuana plants.

Police officers in one of the rigid inflatable boats.

Police officers in one of the rigid inflatable boats.

The first accused, a farmer, 44, of Nukuloa Village, Gau was charged with one count of unlawful possession of illicit drugs and one count of unlawful cultivation of illicit drugs.

He has been remanded in custody. The second accused, a woman, 43, also of Nukuloa Village has been charged with two counts of Possession of Property Suspected of Being Proceeds of Crime.

Her case will be called again on the 16th of August. In another raid conducted in the Northern Division, a farmer, 25, of Qaravutu Village is in Police custody following a raid which resulted in the seizure of close to 3000 plants believed to be marijuana.

An operation team from the Tukavesi Police Station conducted the raid at around 4am on Saturday, at a farm where they seized plants and dried materials believed to be marijuana.

 

The specialised maritime capabilities donated by the Government of Japan under the Japan Grant Aid Economic Social Development Programme will enhance counter narcotics operations.

Following the training made possible with the assistance of the Japan International Co-operation System last week, the

Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said with more information received, the deployment of the rigid inflatable boats would boost efforts on the war on drugs.

He reiterated his warning on getting to all those involved in the illicit drug trade from the cultivation, manufacturing and sale.

 

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