Joint drug op­er­a­tion moves North

Fiji Sun - - Nation - SHRATIKA NAIDU Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

A joint anti-drugs op­er­a­tion be­tween the Fiji Po­lice Force and the Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces (RFMF) is now un­der­way in the Cakau­drove Prov­ince. Into its sec­ond week, more than 1500 plants be­lieved to be mar­i­juana have been up­rooted as well as more than 860 seedlings.

Fiji Po­lice Force act­ing chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Tito Elo said the de­ci­sion to work with the RFMF was be­cause of the ex­per­tise they had in the field of self-sus­tained ca­pa­bil­i­ties. “The team has and con­tin­ues to be re­minded about the im­por­tance of fol­low­ing the nec­es­sary pro­ce­dures and pro­cesses for the sake of pro­tect­ing the in­tegrity of the op­er­a­tions and in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” ACP Elo said. “23 peo­ple have to date been ar­rested and pro­duced in court charged with the un­law­ful cul­ti­va­tion of il­licit drugs. “Five of the twenty three have been re­manded. “The op­er­a­tion which be­gan on the 6th of this month in the North­ern Divi­sion has been re­ceiv­ing great sup­port from var­i­ous crime preven­tion com­mit­tees and this is some­thing we are grate­ful for. “As the Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice has stated we can­not fight crime alone, and will need the sup­port of mem­bers of the pub­lic to rid so­ci­ety of this il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity which has dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects not only on to­day’s gen­er­a­tion but more im­por­tantly our fu­ture gen­er­a­tion. “At the same time we re­quest those with in­for­ma­tion that could help lo­cate farms and iden­tify those in­volved to come for­ward and as­sist us in our op­er­a­tions.”

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