Fiji Time: 10:30 PM on Monday 23 January

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Local involvement worries FRCA

Repeka Nasiko
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

THE Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority is concerned at the increasing number of people involved in illicit drug smuggling.

FRCA chief executive Jitoko Tikolevu said while the growing illicit trade was worrying, of greater concern was the boldness of Fijians to commit the crime.

Mr Tikolevu's comments follow the discovery of an envelope containing 408 grams of energy supplements laced with cocaine.

According to FRCA, the envelope was sent to the Nadi Post Office.

"The parcel was sent from Hong Kong directly to a Nadi-based company," he said

"The Customs officer on duty was suspicious of the envelope and when he opened it he found white powder with a strong pungent smell.

"Using an ion scan machine, the officer conducted a preliminary test which revealed signs of LSD and traces of cocaine.

"Further tests at the Koronivia Research Station confirmed the energy supplements were mixed with cocaine."

FRCA has referred investigations into the alleged illicit drug smuggling case to the police for further investigations.

This is not the first time Customs officers have been instrumental in preventing major crimes.

Last week Mr Tikolevu praised border security officers for their role in several investigations that led to the crackdown on a $1.3million liquor smuggling and duty evasion operation.

Seven officers were rewarded.

They included Navneeth Chandra who was responsible for the recovery of about $150,000 worth of foreign and local currencies.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64920.6302
JPY 56.278553.2785
GBP 0.39220.3842
EUR 0.45470.4427
NZD 0.68650.6535
AUD 0.64790.6229
USD 0.48930.4723

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 23rd January, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Roko Tupou steps down
  2. Fiji 4 rally
  3. High hopes
  4. Ammo suspects front court
  5. NFP: Why the delay
  6. Parents raise concern, Tiko clarifies absence of teachers
  7. Vital State assistance
  8. A-G urges people to contact State
  9. Champ gives thanks
  10. Suicide attempts

Top Stories this Week

  1. Radrodro cops $10k fine for facebook rant Wednesday (18 Jan)
  2. 'On that stage' Sunday (22 Jan)
  3. Gunshot injures officer Saturday (21 Jan)
  4. Ministry to defend its workers Wednesday (18 Jan)
  5. Fiji 7s team to Wellington named Thursday (19 Jan)
  6. Moving tributes farewell Johns Saturday (21 Jan)
  7. No refund notice illegal Sunday (22 Jan)
  8. Marriott at Momi begins recruitment Sunday (22 Jan)
  9. Fijian Jimmy Snuka dies Wednesday (18 Jan)
  10. Kiribati grateful to Cakaudrove Tuesday (17 Jan)