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Drug related crimes decrease: Police

Friday, October 05, 2007

DRUG related crime in a known area in the Northern Division has decreased by 85 per cent compared to two years ago where such criminal activities rated 99 per cent.

Cakaudrove Community Policing coordinator Inspector Simione Bale said the decrease in crime in the areas of Natewa and Tunuloa was because villagers now occupied themselves with activities and small businesses that generated "clean cash". "Over the past years, the only crime detected in these areas was to do with marijuana with villagers selling it from their homes or marijuana plantation raided by police. That was the only nature of crime in these two areas," he said.

"There are nine villages in these two districts of Natewa and Tunuloa that are well known for selling and cultivating marijuana."

Inspector Bale said the situation was so bad that families were involved in the selling and planting of marijuana.

"The men of the villages will not only involve their male friends but their families including their wives and children," he said.

"The children would be involved in the watering of the marijuana farms everyday while the older siblings from Forms One to Six will play the role of watchman or security officers. "He said this group of siblings would stand around the village compound, pretend to play or be occupied with teenagers' activities but would alert their parents once police officers were seen arriving in villages.


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