Farmers front court

Court remands four accused of warehouse break-in. Picture: FILE

TWO farmers were produced at the Savusavu Magistrates Court yesterday after police seized more than 10 clear plastics containing crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine from their home.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the pair had been charged with one count of unlawful possession of illicit drugs each.

Ms Naisoro said the crystals were confiscated from the two after a raid at their home in Naqere, Savusavu on Tuesday morning.

“Officers found more than 10 clear plastics containing crystal-like substance, believed to be methamphetamine, a container containing bullets of dried leaves,” she said.

“Police also found dried leaves found inside a receipt book and seeds all believed to be marijuana including smoking apparatuses.”

Meanwhile, in September last year, about 100 of the 500 plus patients admitted at the St Giles Psychiatric Hospital in Suva between May 2017 and April 2018 were linked to substance abuse. Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said that methamphetamine had made it to the list of commonly abused substance in the country.

Brig-Gen Qiliho said this was alarming and should ring a bell for action by the relevant stakeholders.

He also said the most common substance abused according to health officials were cannabis, methamphetamine, cigarettes, kava and alcohol.

While speaking on the same issue earlier, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Southeast Asia and the Pacific regional representative based in Bangkok, Thailand Jeremy Douglas, said Fiji’s geographical location made the country vulnerable for meth production and trafficking.

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