ANY person found importing and exporting illicit drugs without lawful authority is committing an offence and upon conviction could face a fine of up to $1million, a life term in jail or both.
The warning comes from police chief operations officer ACP Rusiate Tudravu following another alleged drug find involving a local kava dealer.
Mr Tudravu warned that while investigations continued into the kava case discovery at Nadi International Airport, members of the public were being reminded that they could face hefty penalties if they were found to be involved in such activities.
"The law is clear and there are no two ways about it. If people think they can get off lightly, they should seriously think again," Mr Tudravu said in a statement. According to the police, under the Illicit Drugs Control Act 2004, Section 4 (1), any person who without lawful authority imports or exports an illicit drug commits an offence and is liable upon conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000,000 or to imprisonment for life or both.
ACP Tudravu said all aspects from the importation, manufacturing, cultivation, transportation, dealings, and even to the act of conspiracy or having knowledge to commit an offence against the Act were covered in the legislation.
"This is one of the many reasons why we continue to issue advisories not to get involved in this illegal activity because even if you have conspired with another to commit offences under the Act, you could find yourself facing a fine of up to $500,000 or an imprisonment term of 14 years.
The police also urged members of the community to assist the authorities in the fight against drugs.