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Women involved in methamphetamine cases appear in court

Two women charged with drug-related charges appeared in the Suva Magistrate court this afternoon. 29-year-old Agnes Brown is charged with one count of “Unlawful importation of Illicit drugs” and one count of “Corrupting benefit given to a public official”. The case was brought before Magistrate Waleen George. It is alleged that between the 4th of June […]

Staff Writers

June 20, 2016 4:18 pm

Two women charged with drug-related charges appeared in the Suva Magistrate court this afternoon.

Agnes Brown in the Suva Magistrate Court. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
Agnes Brown outside the Suva Magistrates Court this afternoon. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

29-year-old Agnes Brown is charged with one count of “Unlawful importation of Illicit drugs” and one count of “Corrupting benefit given to a public official”.

The case was brought before Magistrate Waleen George.

It is alleged that between the 4th of June to 16th of June, Brown had imported the illicit drug Methamphetamine weighing at 34.5grams.

The court was also told that on the 16th of June, Brown had offered to provide $800 to a public official.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Lenaitasi Sautaki objected to bail. He stated that with the seriousness of the offence, Brown should be kept in remand.

Legal Aid Commission lawyer Kemueli Verebalavu told the court that his client needed time to file a proper bail application to court.

Magistrate George adjourned the case the 4th 0f July for a bail hearing.

Meanwhile, another woman charged with one count of “Unlawful importation of illicit drugs” also appeared at the Suva Magistrates Court this afternoon.

27-year-old Sera Vakula appeared before Magistrate Makereta Mua.

It is alleged that on the 16th of December 2015, Vakula imported methamphetamine weighing at 30grams.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Apenisa Keresoni asked Magistrate Mua for a ‘Leave of court’ to serve the first phase of disclosures.

Prosecutor Keresoni also objected to bail.

Defence lawyer Janice Manueli asked the court for time to make a bail application.

Magistrate Mua granted more time and adjourned the matter tomorrow for a bail hearing.

The duo have been remanded in custody.

A 29-year-old woman is in Police custody following the seizure of a parcel containing drugs believed to methamphetamine by officers from the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority at the Suva Post Office yesterday morning.

In a statement, Chief of Intelligence and Investigations Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Luke Navela said the 29-year-old was the addressee for which the parcel was intended for.

ACP Navela said Police investigations continue.

Officers from the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) intercepted a parcel containing methamphetamine from the Suva Post Office this morning.

According to FRCA, the drugs were concealed inside a tube sent from the United States and addressed to a local woman.

The suspect went to the Post Office to collect the parcel.  The customs officer at the Suva Post Office was suspicious and upon examination, he found Methamphetamine hidden inside a tube.

FRCA Acting CEO, Mr Visvanath Das praised his officers on the discovery.

DAS: “I commend our officers for carrying out their duties diligently in ensuring our borders are protected from the infiltration of illicit drugs.”

Mr Das said while the drug concealment methods were getting complicated, officials now have to work smarter to apprehend the perpetrators.

DAS: “The seizure is also a warning to all those individuals wanting to bring in illegal drugs that FRCA officers and police are vigilant in their work to ensure borders are safe”.

FRCA could not confirm the quantity or street value of the drugs and stated it would be handed to Police for further investigations.

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