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KAVA-COCAINE Consignee Questioned

A local kava dealer has been questioned by Police in relation to the parcel of kava that allegedly contained traces of cocaine confiscated at the Nadi on Wednesday. LITIA MATHEWSELL
29 Mar 2014 08:04

A local kava dealer has been questioned by Police in relation to the parcel of kava that allegedly contained traces of cocaine confiscated at the Nadi on Wednesday.
LITIA MATHEWSELL
NADI
Police in Suva have taken in for questioning the consignee of a parcel of kava allegedly containing traces of cocaine.
The parcel was confiscated at Nadi International Airport on Wednesday, with the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority confirming that the shipment had cocaine after initial tests by one of its officers.
A statement from Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said investigators were awaiting the results of analysis tests on the kava, which FRCA says was initially exported to China and then re-exported back to a local kava dealer.
The interception follows a series of other illicit drug finds in Nadi this week.
Police raided an energy supplements business last Saturday after finding traces of cocaine and Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) in a parcel addressed to a company official.
The raid, which found other alleged illicit substances, led to the arrest of 39-year-old Peniasi Sukanakoniferedi, who remains in Police custody, pending investigations. He is being charged with one count of unlawful possession of illicit drugs and Police have made arrangements to have the alleged drugs and substances found in the raid taken to the Koronivia Research Station for testing.
Another two parcels sent to his address from Hong Kong were also confiscated at Nadi Airport Post Office after arriving from different flights last week.
litiam@fijisun.com




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