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Druglords’ days numbered after raid

Written By : General Editor. The marijuana business, like any other, is driven by the forces of supply and demand. As soon as the police in the north thought they
09 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : General Editor. The marijuana business, like any other, is driven by the forces of supply and demand. As soon as the police in the north thought they had stemmed the flow of local drugs to the market, the Mr Bigs of this pernicious crime moved in to fill the gap.
Using inter-island ferries as their preferred carrier these drug lords have been transporting their filthy cargo to Vanua Levu probably for some weeks.
A very important intelligence tip from Suva alerted the police in the north and a major operation swung into action.
The truck carrying an unknown quantity of dried leaves which was under heavy guard at Seaqaqa last night is probably just the proverbial tip of the iceberg. This is a major drug marketing operation, well organised and funded.
Now the police are following the trail back to the source of the shipments which, they hope, will lead them to the drug wholesalers and then to the growers.
It represents an important breakthrough by the police in the constant battle against marijuana.
It also vindicates the move in recent years to refocus the effort to eliminate this menace away from the user to the grower and distributor. As we see in Vanua Levu today, this is beginning to pay off.
There seems little point in devoting police time and resources to tracking down drug users with a few grams of leaf in their pockets when the big operators are untouched. For although the street user can be useful in tracing back the source of the drugs, there is more often than not a “cut-out” in the distribution chain where the trail goes cold.
Some years ago, therefore, the police switched their attention to the much harder target of the growers and major wholesalers of this dangerous drug. At the same time, education programmes were launched in the rural areas to educate people on the harm marijuana does – especially to our young people – in ours towns and cities.
It has taken time and patience but the effort is beginning to pay off.
Let’s hope the police find and charge the drug barons who are the cause of so much misery in our country today. And let’s hope the courts take them out of circulation for a very long time.
However, a question remains. Why would the police tip off the Mr Bigs that they are closing in on them? Surely this only gives them a chance to cover their tracks, destroy evidence, arrange alibis.
Of course, there may well be a perfectly logical operational reason for this. If so the country fervently wishes the police every success in bring these criminals to justice.



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