ABOUT 200 marijuana plants were uprooted by Keiyasi police officers in the Navosa highlands last week.
The raid has prompted police to issue fresh warning to members of the public that those involved in the cultivation of drugs would be strictly dealt with.
Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the raid was part of the continuing exercise to fight against drug use.
"The plants were uprooted by Keiyasi police as part of our monitoring and awareness exercise to combat drug cultivation," she said.
"That type of raid will continue and we will make sure that those involved in this illegal business are dealt with accordingly."
Keiyasi station officer Inspector Uraia Davu said 100 plants were uprooted near Mare Village at Navatusila while 117 plants were uprooted at Vucilevu in Nasikawa district.
Inspector Davu said the raid had sent a clear warning to the highlanders that snap checks would continue.
He said two teams of police officers deployed for the raid had to walk for more than five kilometres in the remote highlands.
"This shows that drug cultivation is again continuing here in the highlands and we will be making our presence felt in these areas," said Insp. Davu.
"The uprooted plants were 15 to 30 centimetres in height with a high market value.
"We are working closely with the Keiyasi District Officer and the Navosa Provincial Office in addressing the issue."
Ms Nasioro said a total of 75 cases against the drug ordinance were recorded in the Western Division last year.
"The fight against drug will again continue and we are warning members of the public to follow the law."