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Destruction Of Hard Drugs

Police use nakasi dignified cremations ltd industrial incinerator to destroy aud$33million worth of cocaine
29 Jul 2022 11:17
Destruction Of Hard Drugs
Police officers while burning and disposing AU$33 million worth of cocaine at Nakasi, Nausori on July 28, 2022 Photo: Ronald Kuma

AUD$33million (FJ$50.97million) worth of cocaine bars were destroyed by the Fiji Police Force at the industrial incinerator in Nakasi yesterday. In 2018, 133 bars of cocaine that washed ashore on maritime islands were found by villagers.

Fiji Police Force Commissioner, Brigadier-General, Sitiveni Qiliho said five samples from Taveuni, Savusavu, Fulaga, Yasawa and Makogai were sent to Australia for further testing.

“On the destruction of the washed up cocaine bars, it has been confirmed by the Australian Government National Measurement Institute that based on the five samples sent for further testing that the purity was between 80 to 83 per cent and were produced from the same factory in Colombia,” Brigadier-General Qiliho said.

“We have 133 kilos of cocaine that we brought over today and a kilo of that will be retained for our K9 training capabilities and that is what has been approved by the court. The rest of that has gone into the burning chamber.”

 

 

Destruction Process

“We have been looking around at facilities that can give us the best for the destruction of the drugs and this is the best facility we found that we can use. This is the first time we have come to such a facility.”

Police officers while burning and disposing AU$33 million worth of cocaine at Nakasi, Nausori on July 28, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Police officers while burning and disposing AU$33 million worth of cocaine at Nakasi, Nausori on July 28, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar

“At the end of this the residue that is left which is the ashes will be taken back for testing and if it is still positive we have to go through the process again until there is nothing left.

“There is a chamber where the smoke is broken down into ashes as well and what is released is safe for the environment, so you won’t have birds dropping from the sky or flying higher than what they normally do with that smoke that went out initially.”

Brigadier-General Qiliho said all Police officers who took part in the controlled burning of the cocaine had undergone training overseas.

 

“One kilo has been allowed for us. We will not utilise all that. It will be kept in the vault and we will see how many grams that the k9 unit will require for that training,” he said.

“A lot of these officers have also been trained overseas and that is why they went through that process and are kitted for such a process, are very particular about the weights and when you look around, you will even see a drone up in the sky because of the value of what we are going through here.”

“We don’t want anything to go missing and even after this, like I said we will go back and test the residue that will be collected after the three hour process.”

Brigadier-General, Qiliho said they had 30 kilos of heroin in their possession and there was an appeal process going on in court. He added there are currently about 100 kilos of methamphetamine that are going through the same process in court to get approval for destruction.

 

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