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EDITORIAL: Let Us Back Police, Military In War On Drugs

The people of Navosa highlands who cultivate and trade marijuana and hide from the law need to get one thing straight. They can’t hide for too long because the Police
14 Jun 2016 08:33
EDITORIAL: Let Us Back Police, Military In War On Drugs

The people of Navosa highlands who cultivate and trade marijuana and hide from the law need to get one thing straight. They can’t hide for too long because the Police with the backing of the military are saying: “We will get to you.”

They have a choice: Stop now and give yourselves in or keep running.

The 50-member team of Operation Cavuraki are prepared to stake it out for as long as it takes.

It is committed to the mission – to destroy marijuana cultivation in the highlands.

The offenders have taken advantage of the difficult terrain to plant marijuana thinking that it’s a deterrent for officers to pursue them. Well, they are wrong.

Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho has sent out an unmistakable message to the people. The Police with the support of the military are declaring a war on drugs.

In this war, there are only two sides – those who support Police and others who support the illegal drug trade. There is no middle ground.

Those who withhold information that could lead to arrest and harbour suspects are guilty of aiding and abetting and could be charged as accomplices.

So it’s in their interest that they assist the Police in their investigations. If they are benefitting from the proceeds of the illegal drug trade then they are also on the Police radar.

So this is a timely warning: Cease your illegal activities.

Remember that  Brigadier-General Qiliho is a no-nonsense commissioner. He will do all he can to destroy the marijuana trade. He will not rest until the mission is accomplished.

He needs the full backing of the people because this operation is for a good cause.

Proceeds of crime are never part of the real economy. Only a handful of people benefit from the drug trade. The majority suffer from its destructive effects on people. Addicts suffer from ill-health and financial hardships putting unnecessary pressures on family relationships. It’s the family that suffers from its debilitating impact.

The illicit drug trade has been in existence for a long time. We have talked about it many times before but we have fallen down in the implementation phase. There have been drug raids in the past but they were not enough and not consistent. This time it’s different. Operation Cavuraki is going to comb through Navosa until the team has destroyed all the marijuana farms. The other objective is to target proceeds of the crime.

This two-pronged approach has a better chance of succeeding in curbing this crime than just destroying farms.

Everyone needs to know that the illegal drug trade is not worth it.

 

 

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