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Marijuana top 'choice'

Ana Madigibuli
Friday, April 25, 2014

THE seizure of 67,333 marijuana plants with a street value of about $336,665,000 in a 2009 raid remains the biggest from 2009 to 2013.

This was revealed by police drug training officer Inspector Anare Masitabua during an awareness campaign at the Davuilevu Youth Camp in Nausori yesterday.

The statistics revealed that in 2013, police uprooted 693 plants valued at $3,465,000 compared to 1739 plants in 2012 valued at $8,695,000.

Inspector Masitabua said the focus was moving away from marijuana and now on the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

"The number one choice of drug in the country and in the world is marijuana and what we are looking more into is the movement of the new drugs," he said.

"Looking at the research of these new drugs, people get addicted quickly and we have seen that last year, we had only one reported case on methamphetamine compared to nine this year.

"If we turn a blind eye on this, the number of cases on these new drugs will increase, so people need to report this kind of matter to police."

He said many manufacturers of methamphetamine used the internet to get clients.

"Some drugs are already circulating and students might be using them such as lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) which is a 3 millimetre by 3 millimetre drug which looks like a piece of paper. It is a stimulant drug. The LSD drugs keeps people active and awake and there is also this drug that we call the day trip drugs which facilitate sexual assaults which are also circulating too."

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