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Taskforce to look into 'ice' dealings

Shalveen Chand
Thursday, June 19, 2014

A JOINT taskforce comprising police and government agencies has been set up to investigate the prevalence and use of the narcotic methamphetamine in Fiji.

Police chief operation officer Assistant Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu said they were investigating the presence of the drug commonly known as 'ice' on the streets.

"We are investigating as the police want to know more about this drug. We want to know what's the purpose of the drug in the country," Mr Tudravu said.

"Is it being used here? If then, by who and who is selling it? We also want to know if Fiji is being used as a port to transport the drug to other countries."

It was a decade ago when the narcotic called methamphetamine or ice was first brought to the public eye in Fiji.

Since the arrest of those responsible for the biggest methamphetamine lab in the Southern Hemisphere at Laucala Beach Estate in 2004, there have been many occurrences of people being arrested with the narcotic.

The US Medical Authority and Australian Substance Abuse Advisory says methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug available in many forms and is a synthetic drug.

Ice is generally smoked or injected and the effects can be felt immediately.

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