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Drug probe

Shalveen Chand
Friday, June 13, 2014

POLICE are investigating cases of hard drugs such as crystal meth and cocaine in the country.

And according to deputy Police Commissioner Ravi Narayan, new evidence is emerging on the increasing use of hard drugs.

"All I can say is that police are aware and, as usual, to get to the bottom of the story, we have to do our part and investigate the matter," Mr Narayan said.

"We are still compiling information and at this point in time, we can't say who is involved or how big the hard drug industry in Fiji is."

On Wednesday, a man was charged with importation of illicit drug, namely methamphetamine or crystal meth, sent to Fiji from abroad hidden in chocolate cookies.

Shalendra Narayan has been charged while more will be charged, the Suva Magistrates Court was told.

Prior to this arrest, many other people were arrested, either bringing the narcotic into the country or attempting to take it through. Apart from Mr Shalendra's case, there are two other such cases.

A similar drug was allegedly found in Nadonumai at the house of Josese Rakuita during a police raid.

There is another matter before Justice Prabaharan Kumararatnam where a Fiji man deported from the US was charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Mr Narayan refused to comment if there was any connection between the cases or if a network existed.

A week earlier, the UN sounded a warning for Fiji regarding the drugs and the possibility of it being present in the country.

Methamphetamine is also known as ice.

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