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Customs intercept drug parcel, three arrested

Felix Chaudhary
Thursday, April 03, 2014

THREE people are in custody in Nadi in relation to an alleged drug trafficking case.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the arrests began with a 43-year-old barman who was intercepted on Tuesday at Nadi International Airport as he went to collect a parcel sent from Burundi. The parcel allegedly contained illicit drugs.

"Custom officials intercepted the parcel containing baby items on March 26 and upon initial investigations and tests found substances believed to be illicit drugs," she said.

"The suspect who went to pick the parcel from the airport yesterday was arrested and upon questioning informed the officers he was picking up the parcel on behalf of a foreign national residing in an apartment in Nadi."

Police swooped in and arrested a 67-year-old foreign national along with a 33-year-old woman from Nadi at the apartment identified by the barman.

Police chief operations officer ACP Rusiate Tudravu said there were tough penalties if found to be involved in such activities.

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