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Police Close In On Drug Lords

Police say they have identified drug lords who operate an elaborate network of marijuana farms in the rugged terrains of Navosa highlands. They have established that the drug lords do
17 Jun 2016 11:28
Police Close In On Drug Lords
Marijuana plants found on one of the drug farms during Operation Cavuraka. Photo: Police Media Cell

Police say they have identified drug lords who operate an elaborate network of marijuana farms in the rugged terrains of Navosa highlands.

They have established that the drug lords do not live there but control their illegal activities from bases outside of the province.

The drug lords pay workers to cultivate, harvest and transport marijuana to buyers in urban centres. It is now becoming increasingly clear that this is a well organised operation.

Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said they were committed to destroy the marijuana farms in the highlands in ‘Operation Cavuraka’.

The war on drugs enters its six-day today and so far more than 30,000 marijuana plants have been discovered and destroyed.

Chief of Intelligence and Investigations, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Luke Navela,  said the farm owners lived outside Navosa.

He said the drug lords had hired people in the Navosa province to plant and look after .the farms. He said some people had been threatened by those involved in the drug trade not to help Police. But he said they had offered people protection and they were assisting with information.

ACP Navela said the farm workers were usually tipped off by their own people before a Police raid. No workers were found at the farms raided so far.

He said the farms were very well kept.

“Another team went yesterday as farms were located right in the interior and some were located on the Navosa and Naitasiri borders,” ACP Navela said.

Farmers, he said, had moved into more treacherous terrains of the Navosa Highlands with the hope they would not be detected.

“We’re expecting to detect more farms and destroy more marijuana plants,” he said.

ACP Navela said Operation Cavuraka had five phases:

n Phase One: Raid;

n Phase Two: Destroy;

n Phase Three: Look for suspects;

n Phase Four:  Investigate proceeds of crime; and

n Phase Five: Confiscate items, properties purchased from proceeds.

He said they would go into Phase Five when they had proof that money from the sale of marijuana was used to buy items and properties. Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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