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Fight against pot

Mere Naleba
Monday, February 05, 2018

THE Fiji Police Force will continue to hire helicopters and use drones to scope areas suspected of having marijuana plantations.

Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said the much cheaper option for police was to spend $4000 to hire helicopters rather than allowing marijuana to reach the market.

He said in the latest drug raid conducted on Kadavu, police uprooted a tonne of marijuana plants which had a street value of $2 million.

Brig-Gen Qiliho said they were also aware of new locations which were never identified as marijuana cultivating areas and would continue to visit these areas whenever they received information.

"Because of the tropical climate we have and the fertility of soil in Fiji, marijuana grows anywhere basically and over the years we have proven that drug cultivation is not only in known areas, it is now planted in our back yards," he said.

"Any information that comes to us, we will go, an example of that is in the Lau Group and that is not the first time we have received drug reports about Lau and that is why we are moving out that way."

Brig-Gen Qiliho said people should not fear reporting issues of drug cultivation to police.

"There was an element of fear among the communities (on Kadavu raid), they were aware of the drug lords and the drug cultivators and we went in there to reassure them that if they are aware of any information like that, you pass it on to us, and your safety and security is our responsibility," he said.

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