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20kg cocaine in luggage

Shalveen Chand
Thursday, February 20, 2014

COCAINE weighing 20.5 kilograms and worth $6.1million was found in the luggage of an American national who arrived in Fiji last Tuesday.

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said a 23-year-old foreign national was being interrogated by the police at CID headquarters in Suva.

He said the man arrived at Nadi Airport on an American passport then caught a domestic flight to Nausori.

The man is said to have arrived from South America.

According to the police, the man then checked into Peninsula Hotel in Suva and his luggage arrived two days later.

He said two large containers containing white powder were found by officers of the Drug Unit.

Police and customs officials found the white powder to be cocaine after tests.

According to the police, the man checked out of the Peninsula and checked into Sunset Motel in Suva where he stayed for a day before disappearing.

Insp Sokomuri said the man managed to evade police until Tuesday night when he was arrested in a restaurant in Lautoka.

No charges have been laid, however, the police are still trying to find out the origins of the drug and its intended destination.







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