Border agencies seize ammunition stash from yacht

Ammunition stash seized by border enforcement agencies from a yacht in Savusavu. Picture: SUPPLIED

A LARGE quantity of a mix of different ammunition types was seized by Customs in Savusavu following a search on a New Zealand based yacht.

The Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) today confirmed that the captain and two crew-members of the yacht were in Police custody.

According to FRCS chief executive officer Visvanath Das, the operation was carried out by partners the Fiji Police and Navy using intelligence and profiling processes which determined high risk vessels.

“Customs is the first point of contact for all travel and transit at our borders and we take this responsibility seriously,” Mr Das said in a statement.

“I commend the collaboration of the relevant Border Enforcement Agencies for their efforts in ensuring that our borders are safe,” he said.

Just last weekend, a joint operation discovered a massive drug find on an Australian based yacht which exposed another smuggling attempt.

“We will continue to work with local Border Agencies and Customs partners in New Zealand and Australia to ensure we continue to develop best practice processes and procedures to combat illegal trade,” Mr Das said.

Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said Fiji continued to quash the notion that a small Pacific Island nation would not be able to effectively police its borders.

“The latest joint operation is again bringing to the forefront the effectiveness of the inter-agency collaboration between law enforcement agencies both here in Fiji and with international law enforcement partners,” he said.

“The latest seizures and interceptions made at our points of entry shows the increased level of collaboration between all agencies involved, and we continue to look at ways to improve the status quo so that those involved in these illegal trades will know that our borders are being monitored.”

Police investigations continue.

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