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Bio-Security Officer In Court On Drug Charge

A Biosecurity Authority officer at the Nadi International Airport yesterday appeared at the Nadi Magistrate Court on a drug charge. The charge is in connection with a $6.5 million drug
21 Jul 2015 11:13
Bio-Security Officer In Court On Drug Charge
Suspect Paula Baravilala Seru appeared at the Nadi Magistrate Court yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

A Biosecurity Authority officer at the Nadi International Airport yesterday appeared at the Nadi Magistrate Court on a drug charge.

The charge is in connection with a $6.5 million drug bust.

The suspect, Paula Baravilala Seru, 35, appeared before magistrate Siromi Turaga charged with one count of unlawful transfer and supply of illicit drugs.

The court heard that between July 11 and July 13 the accused was allegedly present with suspect one Sosiceni Toa, who is remanded in police custody.

They allegedly picked up a consignment of methamphetamines which weighed 21.43 kilogrammes from the DHL office.

The 20 packages were found in the consignment containing a pressure cooker which was allegedly addressed to the accused one, and originated from Mexico through Los Angeles on board on a Fiji Airways flight to Fiji.

The pair allegedly picked up the consignment and dumped it in a sugar cane farm at Legalega. Police followed and picked it up. Accused one was also arrested in the process.

Police prosecutor Kinisalote Lagivuki told the court to deny bail and to move the case to high court.

She mentioned the seriousness of the offence carried a penalty of life imprisonment and $1 million fine.

However, lawyer Eparama Sailo representing the accused applied for bail.

He said the accused was present with the co-accused on that day on picking up the consignment which was addressed to the co-accused but his client was on day – off.

He said his client had no previous conviction. If the accused was remanded, it might lead to him losing his job of 10 years.

He has sureties and has two young children.

Magistrate Turaga refused bail on the condition that the case was of public interest, involving category four drug cases – hard drugs from country like Mexico.

The accused has been remanded at the Natabua Correction Facility to appear at the High Court in Lautoka tomorrow.

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