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Sniffer Dogs At Ports, Jetties

Government is increasing its fight against drug cultivation, peddling and transition through Fiji. The campaign will include the use of more sniffer dogs at port of entry (airports and ports)
01 Feb 2015 09:43
Sniffer Dogs At Ports, Jetties
Sniffer dogs on the job.

Government is increasing its fight against drug cultivation, peddling and transition through Fiji.

The campaign will include the use of more sniffer dogs at port of entry (airports and ports) and local jetties, more staff and more patrol boats.

This follows increase in reported illegal drug findings in Fiji.

The Minister for Defence, National Security and Immigration, Timoci Natuva said, “Sniffer dogs would soon be introduced to patrol our ports to stop the transition of drugs yesterday”.

He said they would need the assistance of the international community to combat illegal drugs entering and being circulated in Fiji.

“It is not easy to train dogs locally,” Mr Natuva said.

“We also plan to increase staffing in ports.”

He said they also had information of yachts that travel directly to outer islands to buy marijuana.

He said they had been working on buying more patrol boats to patrol coastlines and maritime islands.

“At the moment most of the boats that were used by Police are defunct. We need about 13 boats so that Police can monitor all the areas,” Mr Natuva said.

“The Minister of Finance is aware of this. We need a number of boats, but we cannot buy them altogether, we have plans to purchase them in phases,” Mr Natuva said.

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