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27 people charged over marijuana cultivation, 44,000 plants uprooted

Twenty-seven people have been charged and produced before courts over marijuana cultivation in the highlands of Navosa. This was confirmed by the Commoner of Police Brigadier- General Sitiveni Qiliho in a statement today. He said over the past weeks more information about farms and those allegedly involved in the drug trade continue to pour in. QILIHO: “As […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

July 4, 2016 8:15 am

Twenty-seven people have been charged and produced before courts over marijuana cultivation in the highlands of Navosa.

Marijuana plants uprooted from one of the farms. (Fiji Police Force)
Marijuana plants uprooted from one of the farms. (Fiji Police Force)

This was confirmed by the Commoner of Police Brigadier- General Sitiveni Qiliho in a statement today.

He said over the past weeks more information about farms and those allegedly involved in the drug trade continue to pour in.

QILIHO: “As teams comb the rugged terrain in search of more farms, another team is conducting community outreach programs through the Duavata Community Policing initiative and the support shown to them has been overwhelming. Today officers will be resting and spending their Sunday attending church in a number of villages.”

Brigadier-General Qiliho stressed the pivotal role played by the heads of the respective districts with the village head men in assisting the police.

These include support from the following districts in the Navosa Province:

  • The people of the tikina of Navatusila consisting of the villages of Mare, Nanoko, Nabutautau and Nasauvakarua.
  • The people of the tikina of Nasikawa consisting of the villages of Korovou, Nawaireba, Motukana and Waibasaga.
  • The people of the tikina of Namataku consisting of the villages of Sawene, Draiba, Keyasi, Yadrau, Navula, Nasaucoko, Waosi and Nausori Highlands
  • The tikina of Bemana consisting of the villages of Tonuve, Vunilagivou, Nalebaleba and Tuvu.
Some of the uprooted marijuana plants. (Fiji Police Force)
Some of the uprooted marijuana plants. (Fiji Police Force)

He added that to date, close to 44,000 marijuana plants have been found and over the last 24 hours three arrests were made in other divisions where three men were found in possession of dried leaves believed to be marijuana.

QILIHO: “Seizures of items believed to have been bought with the proceeds of crime have also been made as we try to send a strong message that earning money through illegal means will never be condoned. All three arrests were made in the Eastern division and as I had directed to my Divisional Police Commanders, the focus on drugs should not solely be on Operation Cavuraka but concurrently all over the country.”

The joint team on the morning after a rest stop during a 9 hour trek to locate one of the farms in the highlands of Navosa.(Fiji Police Force)
The joint team on the morning after a rest stop during a 9-hour trek to locate one of the farms in the highlands of Navosa. (Fiji Police Force)

The commissioner said the police would continue with the current momentum of operations in terms of eradicating the production and selling of drugs in whatever form from the society.

QILIHO: “I am optimistic that what the people of Navosa are doing by showing they care enough to say no to drugs and its existence within their communities will be followed by others who know that similar illegal activities are occurring.”

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