POLICE in Labasa conducted a series of drug raids on Thursday and confiscated 15 sachets of dried leaves believed to be marijuana from individuals.
Fiji Police Force spokeswoman Ana Naisoro confirmed that a 42-year-old was arrested at Bulileka at 7:30am on Thursday after five sachets of dried leaves believed to be marijuana wrapped in aluminium foil were seized from the suspect.
"Police also conducted a raid in Wasuvulu Village at 8:50am which resulted in the arrest of a 35-year-old farmer after he was caught with six sachets of dried leaves wrapped in aluminium foil believed to be marijuana," she said. "Another drug raid that was conducted in Labasa at 3.40pm saw the arrest of a 32-year-old businessman in Vatudova after six sachets of dried leaves to be marijuana was detected in his possession.
"Suspects of the three raids have been released after police interrogation as we await a government analyst report from the Koronivia research station."
Ms Naisoro said police would continue to clamp down on those intending to use and sell drugs.
"This is an ongoing operation across the country and police will work with the community in getting as much information that could help us tackle this problem in the hope of protecting other innocent parties from being involved," she said.