Islanders urged to report suspicious border activities

FRCS chief executive officer Visvanath Das. Once the CEO is satisfied that the conditions are or will be met, provisional approval will be granted in writing. Picture: FT FILE

FRCS chief executive officer Visvanath Das. . Picture: FT FILE

PEOPLE in the outer islands have been urged to report any suspicious activities out at sea and land to relevant border agencies.

Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) chief executive officer Visvanath Das made the call after several parcels of brown packages containing cocaine were discovered on separate occasions in the Lau group last month.

Mr Das reiterated that Customs officers had vast powers under the Customs Act and other laws of Fiji in relation to our borders, which Fijians needed to be aware of.

He encouraged the public to call Customs if they come across any suspicious discoveries and activities out at sea and on land.

In a recent major drug bust, a tip off from those living on an island in Lau led to the discovery of 30 cocaine bars with an estimated street value of F$31million.

In a separate incident, Police officers last week found nine parcels containing cocaine on an island in the Lau group.

This was the third similar discovery made this month where identical parcels had been discovered washed ashore.

A Police team were also in Lakeba conducting investigations into the earlier findings this month.

“With the assistance of the Fiji Navy and New Zealand Naval Vessel Taupo, the Revenue and Customs Maritime Surveillance team successfully brought the packages to the Naval base last week and handed it over to Fiji Police for further investigations,” Mr Das said.

To date, a total of 40 packages containing bars of Cocaine have been discovered on the Lau Group island shores with a value of more than AUD$20m ($F31.3m).