Over 44, 000 mar­i­juana plants up­rooted in Navosa

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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.

Photo: Po­lice Fiji Force

Some of the up­rooted plants be­lieved to be Mar­i­juana in Navosa.

Photo: Po­lice Fiji Force

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.

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