RARE CIT­I­ZENS’ DRUG AR­RESTS

Com­mis­sioner Qil­iho praises vil­lagers for catch­ing 11 sus­pects in Navosa and hand­ing them over to Po­lice

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Vil­lagers have made a rare cit­i­zens’ ar­rest of 11 sus­pects in al­leged mar­i­juana cul­ti­va­tion in Navosa high­lands. Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho has ap­plauded and wel­comed the sup­port shown by the vil­lagers. The vil­lagers handed the sus­pects over to the Op­er­a­tion Cavu­raka team com­pris­ing Po­lice and mil­i­tary of­fi­cers based at the Keiyasi Po­lice Sta­tion, Navosa, on Wed­nes­day night.

The 11 are in ad­di­tion to the 10 who were ear­lier charged and ap­peared at the Si­ga­toka Mag­is­trates Court this week. Four had pleaded guilty and were jailed. The re­main­ing six pleaded not guilty and are re­manded at the Natabua Cor­rec­tions fa­cil­ity in Lau­toka. Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho who was briefed by his Chief of In­tel­li­gence and In­ves­ti­ga­tions ACP Luke Navela from Keiyasi, said he was sin­cerely grate­ful to the vil­lagers for as­sist­ing the team. “Com­mu­nity part­ner­ship and the will­ing­ness to put a stop to crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties you know is hap­pen­ing, is what I have been em­pha­sis­ing through our Dua­vata Com­mu­nity Polic­ing ini­tia­tive and the events of last night is a true re­flec­tion of that,” he said. “This has just made our work a lot eas­ier and I hope oth­ers will take note of this and do the same by work­ing with the team to erad­i­cate drugs from our so­ci­ety.” The 11 sus­pects con­tinue to be ques­tioned at the Keiyasi Po­lice Sta­tion while an­other team of of­fi­cers is also track­ing down pro­ceeds of crime. So far, gen­er­a­tors and other house­hold items have been seized.

Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho said the sup­port shown by the vil­lagers was a tes­ta­ment that the peo­ple of Navosa no longer wanted to be as­so­ci­ated with drugs. “I was hum­bled and pleased to read in the Fiji Sun that the Turaga Na Ka Levu, Ratu Kini­joji Vo­sailagi, had shown his sup­port of Op­er­a­tion Cavu­raka and his call to his peo­ple to sup­port and pro­vide us with in­for­ma­tion that could as­sist our in­ves­ti­ga­tion and last night’s event is a sign of that sup­port. “For those who have in­for­ma­tion about sim­i­lar drug re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties hap­pen­ing in their com­mu­ni­ties, let us know be­cause one way or the other we will be get­ting to those in­volved as we have a mis­sion to stop the cul­ti­va­tion and trade of mar­i­juana that is neg­a­tively im­pact­ing our so­ci­ety.”

Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Bri­gadierGen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho.

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