FARMERS HOUSEHOLD ITEMS SEIZED
Over 44, 000 marijuana plants uprooted in Navosa
Police have seized items such as generators and household items including computers, television sets and electrical items from homes of drug farmers as Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho promised “not to take the foot off the pedal.” The items were all expensive and were bought as a result of drug sales.
“Seizures of items believed to have been bought with the proceeds of crime have also been made as we try to send a strong message that earning money through illegal means will never be condoned.” To date, Police teams, working alongside personnel from the Fiji Military Forces have uprooted over 44,000 plants, mainly from the Navosa Province. With operation Cavuraka maintaining its momentum, BrigadierGeneral Qiliho was pleased to note the growing support from districts in Navosa.
Operation Cavuraka continues
“As Operation Cavuraka continues in the Navosa Highlands, I am again pleased to receive news of the growing support being shown to the joint team consisting of officers from the Fiji Police Force and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces,” Brigadier-General Qiliho said.
“It is truly encouraging to hear the heads of the respective tikina’s together with the turaga ni koro’s to pledged their support in assisting the team locate and identify those involved.” Commissioner Qiliho paid special mention to people of the tikina of Navatusila consisting of the villages of Mare, Nanoko, Nabutautau and Nasauvakarua; the tikina of Nasikawa consisting of the villages of Korovou, Nawaireba, Motukana and Waibasaga; the tikina of Namataku consisting of the villages of Sawene, Draiba, Keyasi, Yadrau, Navula, Nasaucoko, Waosi and Nausori Highlands and the tikina of Bemana consisting of the villages of Tonuve, Vunilagivou, Nalebaleba and Tuvu. With Operation Cavuraka continues in these highlands, Commissioner Qiliho said the war on drugs had the strong backing of the RFMF who, he said, were experts in the field of self-sustainment capabilities.
“With the latest brief from the team indicating farmers are moving further into the interior, I want to reiterate that we will not take our foot of the pedal. “Over the past week more information about farms and those allegedly involved in the drug trade continue to pour in and with 27 people already charged and produced before the Courts, I am confident that we are definitely making an impact with the war against drugs.” “We will continue with the current momentum of eradicating drugs in whatever form from our society,” he said.
Some of the uprooted plants believed to be Marijuana in Navosa.
The joint team on the morning after a rest stop during a nine hour trek to locate one of the farms in the highlands of Navosa.