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Marijuana Drug Farms Raided Through Operation Cavuraka

A team of 50 officers from both the Fiji Police Force and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces are currently combing the terrains of the Navosa Highlands as the war
13 Jun 2016 12:23
Marijuana Drug Farms Raided Through Operation Cavuraka
Marijuna plants found on one of the farms during Operation Cavuraka

A team of 50 officers from both the Fiji Police Force and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces are currently combing the terrains of the Navosa Highlands as the war against drugs intensifies.

 

Operation Cavuraka commenced last Friday and day one of the raids has seen one of the teams uproot more than 3000 marijuana plants from three farms.

 

Chief of Intelligence and Investigations Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Luke Navela says farmers are now moving and farming further in land in more treacherous terrains.

 

“The farms are located in extremely hard to reach places and our men have trekked for hours and over the weekend, teams slept in the rain all in a bid to to locate these farms”.

 

“We have identified quite a few farms and because the Government analyst is a part of the team, tests are conducted at the scene before the plants are destroyed”.

 

More than 3,100 plants ranging from a height of 2cm to over 1meters in height were uprooted from the farms.

 

“One of the teams has destroyed what seemed to be a nursery where young seedlings were discovered, and this is an indication of how farmers have an intricate operation going on”.

 

He adds the officers have been briefed on the mission and that is to locate and destroy the farms and also apprehend those cultivating the illegal drug.

 

“While a team is combing the highlands, another team is conducting investigations with regards to those we believe to be involved in this trade and looking into the proceeds of crime”.

 

“The Commissioner of Police has said he wants to send a strong message to those in the drug business, that we will get to them and this is what our officers are focused on”.

He adds the team is also working closely with members of the community and the support and cooperation given to the team has been great.

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