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Fiji Police Warns Against Children Using Drugs

“The Government is taking ownership and we have the budget for it and the Police Force is ready to work together with the community in trying to eradicate drugs from Fiji.”
27 Jun 2019 11:12
Fiji Police Warns Against Children Using Drugs
Year 8 students of Holy Cross Primary School in Taveuni, wearing their thematic RED (Love Yourself, Be Drug Free) colour while observing IDADAIT Week on June 26, 2019. Photo: Jemesa Macanalagi

The Northern Division is not immune to the fast pace world, especially when it comes to drugs.

Police chief operations Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Maritino Qiolevu painted the reality of the worrying trend because children are their main concern.

“For the past few weeks, we have also conducted raids and have confiscated more than 1000 marijuana plants within Vanua Levu,” ACP Qiolevu said.

“The Government has done its part, coming down hard on drugs in Fiji,” he said.

“The Government is taking ownership and we have the budget for it and the Police Force is ready to work together with the community in trying to eradicate drugs from Fiji.”

In their effort to raise awareness to children this week during the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (IDADAIT) ACP Qiolevu is sending a message to schools and parents.

“Make sure that your children do not get involved in drugs or any other criminal activities,” ACP Qiolevu said.

He also warned the teachers not to get involved in trying to reconcile or handle matters internally.

“Drugs have to be reported, if there are people using it, or involved in the trafficking in the schools, let the Police know so it can be investigated and taken to Court.

“If we don’t, then we’re condoning the use of drugs in schools and breed criminals in future,” he said.

ACP Qiolevu has confirmed that there no current reports of such nature but teachers are warned in advance as they might be trying to protect the names of their schools – let the law handle it.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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