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Police may use helicopters to identify marijuana farms

The option of carrying out air reconnaissance during ‘Operation Cavuraka’ may be looked into if information about marijuana farms continues to come in. Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho during his visit to the Operation team in Navosa last week said with more farms being identified an aerial view of what they’re dealing with […]

Peni Shute

June 20, 2016 2:34 pm

The option of carrying out air reconnaissance during ‘Operation Cavuraka’ may be looked into if information about marijuana farms continues to come in.

An aerial view taken from a Helicopter in the interior of Viti Levu. (Newswire)
An aerial view taken from a Helicopter in the interior of Viti Levu. (Newswire)

Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho during his visit to the Operation team in Navosa last week said with more farms being identified an aerial view of what they’re dealing with would be considered.

QILIHO: “I’ve told the team if the need arises that we need to hire helicopters to carry out air reconnaissance then we will do that because as I’ve stated we need to locate and destroy these farms.”

Operation Cavuraka has so far uprooted more than 32,000 marijuana plants found on 15 farms and the team consisting of officers from both the Fiji Police and Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) continue to trek the highlands of Navosa in search of more farms.

Eleven men have been charged with the unlawful cultivation of illicit drugs and will be produced at the Sigatoka Magistrates Court today.

The Commissioner of Police has also asked his Divisional Police Commanders to go hard on the issue of drugs.

QILIHO: “It’s timely that while Operation Cavuraka is going on, throughout Fiji we will be having the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (IDADAIT) and this is the time where we should be stepping up on our efforts in this war against drugs.”

Meanwhile, proceeds of crime have also been seized during the operation from those suspected to be involved in the illegal trade.

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