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Drug problem rife

Shalveen Chand
Saturday, February 22, 2014

MARIJUANA cultivation is continuing despite police efforts to tackle the problem.

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said in the past week, the police found marijuana plants and dried leaves for sale

He said 42 plants believed to be marijuana, ranging from 80 centimetres to 2.4 metres in height, were uprooted in Navosa.

"Upon receiving information, the policemen proceeded to Naboro Creek at Bemana in Navosa and uprooted the plants on Tuesday," said Insp Sokomuri.

"In a separate incident also on Tuesday, police officers at Sabeto in Nadi uprooted four plants ranging in height from between 1.17m to 1.95m.

"Police raided the house of 46-year-old farmer and uprooted the plants in his compound.

"On Ovalau, a 40-year-old of Baba settlement was found with five branches of dried leaves believed to be marijuana.

"This raid was done on Wednesday"

Insp Sokomuri said they found 48 seedlings in four different containers.

"In Navua, police uprooted two plants at Solo farm on Wednesday and on the same day in Labasa, police searched the house of a 27-year-old farmer in Kilikoso. Police found dried leaves weighing 500grams in his possession."

Insp Sokomuri said suspects of these cases were arrested, interviewed and released while the police await tests on the leaves and plants sent to Koronivia for analysis.