Denarau drug bust: Woman charged

A WOMAN in her late 40s has been charged for her alleged involvement in the discovery of cocaine worth more than $30 million on board a yacht in Denarau last week.

The woman is the alleged owner of the yacht – Shenanigans – where cocaine and ammunition was found during a joint drug raid last Friday at the Denarau Marina.

According to Police, the woman has been charged with one count of unlawful importation of illicit drugs, one count of found in possession of illicit drugs and one count of failure to declare firearms and ammunition.

She will be produced at the Nadi Magistrates Court today.

“Four people were initially taken into custody while a fifth suspect a 45-year-old man was rushed to the Lautoka Hospital where he is still admitted in critical condition after he had allegedly consumed an unknown substance during the raid,” a Police statement released earlier this morning stated.

Police have also confirmed that the other three suspects have been questioned and released.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro yesterday said the seized substances have since been tested at the Fiji Police Forensics Laboratory in Nasova and confirmed to be cocaine.

The joint drug raid was conducted by the Fiji Police Force, Biosecurity Authority of Fiji and the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) in which 13 bars of the hard drugs were found.

According to FRCS, the yacht came from Borabora, French Polynesia.

The Shenanigans is currently under the custody of the State.




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