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Drug related cases up

Ana Madigibuli
Sunday, April 27, 2014

DRUG related offences continue to rise annually with 3256 cases being recorded for 2013 compared to 2980 cases for the year 2012.

Such drug related offences include rape and attempted rape, indecent assault, defilement of girls under 13, defilement of girls between 13 and 16, incest, burglary and unnatural offences.

This was revealed by police drug training officer Inspector Anare Masitabua during a drug awareness campaign in Nausori this week.

The drug related offences statistics show that in 2013, 313 rape and attempted rape cases were reported to police compared to 448 cases in 2012.

For indecent assault 264 cases were reported in 2012 compared to 203 cases reported last year.

Inspector Masitabua said people needed to be extra careful especially young girls when dealing with drugs.

"There is a local drug that people are using now called the datura which looks like the bell flower, it is normally pounded and is mixed with kava or is sprinkled in people's drinks," Inspector Masitabua said.

"This drug takes away the consciousness of a person and so we would like to advise girls and young people to take extra precaution when offered kava or any other type of drink especially from strangers."

He said the police force was conducting drug awareness campaign to target youths to better understand the effects of drug on people.

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