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Fiji Drugs Bust: ‘Shop Owner Arrest Sends Clear Message’

Police allegedly found 300 rolls of illicit drugs believed to be marijuana inside a plastic bag in the shop.
12 Feb 2019 10:41
Fiji Drugs Bust: ‘Shop Owner Arrest Sends Clear Message’
Photo of the shop where the businessman was arrested for his alleged involvement in the drug trade. Photo: Rohit Kumar

A Lautoka shop owner says the recent arrest of another shop owner, for his alleged involvement in the drug trade, will send a clear message.

The operator, who wished to remain anonymous, for fear of retribution, says no one is above the law. His comments come after Police conducted a drug raid last Saturday night on Vitigo Parade which resulted in the arrest of the well-known shop owner.

Police allegedly found 300 rolls of illicit drugs believed to be marijuana inside a plastic bag in the shop.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed the dried leaves believed to be marijuana had been sent for analysis as investigation continues.

The man, Ms Naisoro said, is believed to be his 50s and was in Police custody.

Two business operators along Vitogo Parade who were interviewed by Fiji Sun yesterday shed light on issue they have been facing.

One business operator said: “Some of my customers have been victims of the danger of the street.

“Not only do people sell and do drug dealing on the streets, but they are involved in robbery- grabbing and running.

“But this raid will send a message to anyone who wants to break the law.”

Another shop owner who also wanted to remain anonymous said: “During the festive season last year the Police had put up their tent on the street which made shop owners and customers feel safe to do their business.”

The shop owner wished for more Police presence also when it was not in the festive season.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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