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Hard drugs mean hard decisions

The recent discovery of hard drugs near Nadi Airport isn’t the first time such a discovery has been made. Since 2000, authorities have made some major busts as traffickers try
27 Mar 2014 09:47

The recent discovery of hard drugs near Nadi Airport isn’t the first time such a discovery has been made. Since 2000, authorities have made some major busts as traffickers try to reach bigger markets

Fiji can no longer ignore that hard drugs such as cocaine is making its way into the country.
We can at least be rest assured that our customs men and women are vigilant enough that they are able to identify such drugs in its various disguises.
First, it is alleged that the shipment of cocaine was in tablet form.
Now, it is said that the recent find was embedded in kava.
Many would still remember the case of Indian national Muskan Balaggan who is currently serving jail time for trying to take out clothes soaked in cocaine. All this came out in her trial.
The fact that these drugs are making its way into Fiji shows that it is being done with involvement of locals, and that it has been happening for some time now.
No country can claim that such drugs have not reached its shores.
Fiji has an advantage that our men and women are trained to tackle this situation.
Which brings us to another question: How long has this been going on for and went unnoticed?
The Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority has taken steps to upskill their staff. This has been one of the focus under the leadership of Jitoko Tikolevu. But, what about some years back when customs staff were not given training on this aspect?
Whatever the outcome, it is imperative that this issue be addressed otherwise we shall be the worse for it.
jyoti pratibha
Feedback: jyotip@fijisun.com.fjj




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