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Heroin Seized Not Destined For Fiji

The 30 kilograms of heroin seized at Lautoka Wharf last week was not destined for Fiji. This was revealed by the Chief of Investigation and Intelligence, Assistant Commissioner of Police
29 Dec 2014 12:24
Heroin Seized Not Destined For Fiji
Police chief of intelligence and investigations ACP Henry Brown.

The 30 kilograms of heroin seized at Lautoka Wharf last week was not destined for Fiji.

This was revealed by the Chief of Investigation and Intelligence, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Henry Brown yesterday.

“We want to clarify and dismiss any speculation regarding the recent AU$30 million heroin bust in Lautoka,” ACP Brown said.

“Due to the sensitivity of the investigation, I will not be able to divulge more information on how the information was brought to our attention.”

However, ACP Brown said he could confirm that the indicators showed that this was a transshipment case and the illicit substances were not destined for Fiji.

He said the heroin bust was not an isolated case but the result of credible intelligence received from the foreign law enforcement agencies.

“We will continue to share valuable information with our foreign counterparts on suspected illegal activities and vice-versa.”

Similarly, ACP Brown said, the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) had its own network and information shared by the two organisations.

This resulted in the successful joint operation and interception of the shipment of illicit drugs.

“As such a 40-year-old businessman has already been charged with one count of unlawful importation of illicit drugs.”

He said an Australian citizen also remained in custody for his alleged involvement in the transshipment of the illicit substance.

“We will continue to work through our Police and FRCA networks, Australian law enforcement authorities as well as officials from Laos and Thailand where the container was initially shipped from in gathering more information about the illicit substances.”

He said investigators were pursuing a number of leads and they continued to liaise with their international colleagues in law enforcement.

“We will continue to work with FRCA in protecting our borders.”

ACP Brown said this latest successful operation was the result of the patient work of their officers in gathering and pursuing information made known to them regarding such illegal activities.

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