1079 marijuana plants found

A 32-year-old man appeared in the Sigatoka Magistrates Court yesterday after 1079 marijuana plants were found in his farm in Navosa on March 13.

Ilaisa Calevu was charged with one count of unlawful cultivation of illicit drugs, one count of criminal intimidation, one count of serious assault and two counts of breach of bail conditions.

Mr Calevu appeared before Magistrate Tomasi Bainivalu after his arrest during Operation Cavuraki by the Fiji Police Force.

Lead prosecutor ASP Anil Prasad made a submission before Mr Bainivalu that the accused should not be allowed bail after he breached conditions for two separate drug related cases.

Mr Prasad said in his pending cases before the court, Mr Calevu was alleged to have cultivated 1428 plants and another 1206 plants believed to marijuana.

He added Mr Calevu posed a threat to society for his involvement in the cultivation of illicit drugs. The Divisional Police Prosecutor also asked the court that the 1079 plants that weighed 43.5 kilograms should be destroyed.

He said because of the high volume of the illegal plants, there was an immediate need to destroy them and prevent any further criminal activities. Magistrate Bainivalu remanded Mr Calevu and gave the defence counsel 14 days to respond to the submissions made by Mr Prasad.

The court granted Mr Prasad’s application for the illegal drugs to be photographed and destroyed.

The case has been adjourned to April 3.

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