Crime

Magistrate Sets Bail Conditions For Woman Facing Drug Charge

Customs officers at the parcel post scanned the consignment and discovered the white powder which tested positive as methamphetamine.
18 Jul 2019 13:43
Magistrate Sets Bail Conditions For Woman Facing Drug Charge
Mereseini Ledua outside court on July 17, 2019.

A clerical officer of a company in Denarau facing drug related offences was granted bail by the Suva Magistrates Court.

Mereseini Asinate Luisa Ledua appeared before Magistrate Deepika Prakash yesterday.

She is charged with one count each of unlawful possession of illicit drugs and of unlawful importation of illicit drugs.

Ledua was arrested following a joint controlled operation between the Fiji Police Force and the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service.

The accused was arrested on July 12, after she collected a parcel containing methamphetamine concealed inside a bottle of peanut butter sent from the United States of America to Nadi.

It was addressed to a local person.

Customs officers at the parcel post scanned the consignment and discovered the white powder which tested positive as methamphetamine.

The estimated cost of the methamphetamine is $115,000 with an associated social cost of about $210,000.

For the offence of unlawful possession, it is alleged that on July 12 at Suva, Ledua was unlawfully in possession of 101.4 grams of methamphetamine, an illicit drug.

For the offence of unlawful importation, it is alleged that on the said day, Ledua imported 101.4 grams of methamphetamine.

The defence lawyer told the court that the accused was in the process of applying at the Fiji National University to pursue her studies further.

Magistrate Prakash then asked what the accused was doing all this while before the case.

Defence lawyer told the court that she was in the process of filing her application when the matter was called in court.

Magistrate Prakash granted bail to Ledua on a  bond of $1000.

Ledua was ordered not to reoffend while on bail, not to interfere with the prosecution witnesses, surrender her passport and not to change her residential address.

She was also ordered to report to the Nasinu Police Station once a week.

Magistrate Prakash issued a stop departure order on the accused and also imposed a curfew from 6pm to 6am everyday.

The matter was adjourned for plea to July 31.

Edited by Percy Kean

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