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Kadavu Island Drug Drone Attack

Farmers on Kadavu Island have become extremely tech savvy after a drone jammer was used to take down a Police drone on Monday. Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said
18 Nov 2021 10:40
Kadavu Island Drug Drone Attack
An example of a drone that has crashed.

Farmers on Kadavu Island have become extremely tech savvy after a drone jammer was used to take down a Police drone on Monday.

Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said they had just sighted four big marijuana farms during a reconnaissance flight when the incident happened.

The crashed drone costs approximately $20,000.

 

“The drone operator lost command and control of the drone whilst on a reconnaissance flight and there is strong indicators that a drone jamming device was employed by farmers,” he said.

“If those people think employing drone jammers is going to slow us down, no we will continue our onslaught on the illegal cultivation of drugs.”

“We set out to do that this year and that momentum will continue.”

 

“It doesn’t mean that this drone has been taken out of service with us that we’re going to give up the fight, no we’re going to look for smarter technology that we can employ and the identification of the gadget that has been employed in this case.”

Police is exploring drone jamming evasive measures to counter the device which costs several thousands of dollars to obtain.

“It proves that the money is huge and they will take us on with technology as well,” he said.

 

“We will not relent and will continue the fight against drug cultivation on the island.”

“In the last two months we have been uprooting almost on a daily occurrence.”

Brigadier-General Qiliho said this is the first time they have encountered such an incident as Police is the only authorised institution to employ drone jammers.

 

“We are working with a company to work out how we can beat this drone jammer if they have it in their possession.”

Drone jammers are typically used during High Level VIP visits into the country like the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2018 and Presidential visits.

However, because of the large sum of money involved in the drug industry, Police is not surprised with the tactics used by farmers to guard their products.

 

“We were anticipating that there will come a time when this would come into play because of the huge amount of money involved.”

“This year alone with $1.6 billion worth of marijuana that we’ve uprooted it shows the amount of money that is circulating in that industry.”

 

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