Operation Cavuraka nets $16m worth of marijuana

Fiji's Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho. Picture: FT FILE

MORE than $16 million worth of marijuana was confiscated by the Fiji Police Force during Operation Cavuraka 2 in March alone. This was revealed by Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho, who said, investigations into the very worrying trend were continuing. “It’s an ongoing thing and it’s worrying us because two months ago, we dedicated a month on drugs which was called our operation Cavuraka where we took out more than $16m street value of marijuana and in that we also picked up methamphetamine,” Brig-Gen Qiliho said. He said the police would continue its information gathering for methamphetamine (ice) drug because it was not only confined to Fiji. “We are continuing our information gathering and analysing that into good intelligence that we can act on the hard drugs. It is worrying, it’s not only confined to Fiji, it’s a big issue for the world and other police jurisdictions are working hard on it as well.” He said dealing with hard drugs required complex investigations. “It’s where you look not only on the drugs but working with our financial intelligence units on money that is derived from it or utilised in that and other issues we go into in terms of forensics accounting investigations, forensics detecting and we really need to upskill our officers to be able to effectively identify precursors in the drug itself, conducting a proper investigation and taking it to court so that it is successfully prosecuted,” Brig-Gen Qiliho said.