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Ice lab raid

Jone Kalouniviti
Monday, March 24, 2014

CUSTOMS and police officers raided a building on Saturday believed to be used as methamphetamine lab.

The building is located just outside the Nadi Airport International Airport.

Fiji Revenue Customs Authority CEO Jitoko Tikolevu yesterday confirmed the raid to The Fiji Times but said a statement would be issued today once all the facts of the case have been confirmed.

Sources told The Fiji Times the location of the lab was obtained from the forwarding address on a suspicious package — sent from Hong Kong on March 18 — that Customs officers intercepted at the airport

The contents of the package were sent to Koronivia Research Station for testing and, after confirmation that it was cocaine, a raid was organised.

The source said the lab, which was of a considerable size, had been sealed off.

While overseas experts are expected to analyse the chemicals, the police have confirmed they have a suspect in custody.

The source also revealed that chemicals and equipment found were consistent with those used to produce ice, LSD and ecstacy.

This is the second such lab seizure in the country.

In 2004, local and transnational police found the biggest methamphetamine lab in the southern hemisphere at Laucala Beach in Suva.

The drugs and chemicals seized then had an estimated street value of about $1billion.

Then police commissioner Andrew Hughes said the lab was the largest found in the region.

Seven people - four Asians and three Fijians - were arrested in 2004.

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