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Illicit drug case

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

THREE men alleged to have been involved in the importation of illicit drugs called methamphetamine from the US into Fiji were produced in court yesterday.

Brothers Rakesh Prasad Charan and Rajen Prasad were produced before magistrate Chaitanya Lakshman at the Suva Magistrates Court.

Rakesh faces four separate counts — one of illegal importation of illicit drugs, two of unlawful possession of illicit drugs and one count of money laundering.

Rajen, however, faces only one count of illegal importation of illicit drugs.

The third accomplice, Rajnesh Singh, appeared at the Nasinu Magistrates Court. He faces one count of unlawful possession of illicit drugs and one count of money laundering.

Divisional police prosecutor Mohammad Yunus strongly objected to the bail of Rakesh because he had previous known cases before the court.

Rajen will have his case called before the High Court on June 27, and Singh on June 30.

Magistrate Lakshman said the charges were serious and the case would be transferred to the High Court.

He said it was in the public interest that both accused persons be remanded in custody.

Rajen will have his case called in the High Court on June 27 while Rakesh will be called again today to apply for bail. Prosecution also intends to make formal applications against bail today.

The prosecution informed the court that it also needed to amalgamate the charges.

According to police, on June 9, a parcel concealed with illicit drugs, namely 226.3grams of methamphetamine, was discovered at the international parcel office at the Suva General Post Office.

The illicit drugs were concealed in a chocco pie packet and the parcel was sent by a Ravind Prasad from the US.

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