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More marijuana discovered in the highlands of Navosa

More than thirty-eight thousand marijuana plants have been uprooted by the ‘Operation Cavuraka’ team currently in the Navosa Highlands. The teams consisting of officers from the Fiji Police Force and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) has so far uprooted more than 38,400 plants as the operation gains momentum with more support from members […]

Peni Shute

June 26, 2016 12:52 pm

More than thirty-eight thousand marijuana plants have been uprooted by the ‘Operation Cavuraka’ team currently in the Navosa Highlands.

Officers return from one of the raids with young marijuana plants. (Fiji Police Force)
Officers return from one of the raids with young marijuana plants. (Fiji Police Force)

The teams consisting of officers from the Fiji Police Force and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) has so far uprooted more than 38,400 plants as the operation gains momentum with more support from members of the public with the exchange of information which has led to arrests.

The joint team returning with some of the plants found during one of the raids in Operation Cavuraka. (Fiji Police Force)
The joint team returning with some of the plants found during one of the raids in Operation Cavuraka. (Fiji Police Force)

In a statement, Chief of Intelligence and Investigations, ACP Luke Navela said items such as generators and household appliances have also been seized as investigations into proceeds of crime also gains momentum due to the unexplained wealth of some of the suspects.

NAVELA: “With the latest development of support shown by the people of Navosa, the operation team is encouraged and motivated to locate and destroy the farms no matter how hard it will be to do so. Their willingness to assist has been a morale booster as they know their efforts are being appreciated by the very people whose lives are being affected by the illegal drug trade.”

A nursery at one of the farms raided in the interior of Navosa by the officers. (Fiji Police Force)
A nursery at one of the farms raided in the interior of Navosa by the officers. (Fiji Police Force)

ACP Navela said a man believed to be one of the drug lords in the Navosa area continues to be questioned and his arrest was possible through information supplied by members of the public.

He said the suspect had led the operation team to a farm where 5,500 marijuana farms were found.

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