10 more ar­rests in Ka­davu

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Ten more peo­ple, sus­pected of cul­ti­vat­ing mar­i­juana in Ka­davu, have been ar­rested by Po­lice. The ar­rest fol­lows a two-week drug raid on the is­land by the Force’s drug unit. The op­er­a­tion is called “Op­er­a­tion Cavuraka”. The sus­pects were brought over to Suva on Thurs­day night. Six were pro­duced in court while the other four re­main in cus­tody.

It is il­le­gal to cul­ti­vate, smoke, or sell mar­i­juana in Fiji. “The op­er­a­tion is an­other phase of my in­tent to erad­i­cate the cul­ti­va­tion, trade and use of the il­licit sub­stances con­sid­er­ing its mul­ti­ple neg­a­tive con­se­quences,” Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho said. “Peo­ple have been talk­ing about le­gal­is­ing mar­i­juana, how­ever peo­ple must not lose sight of the fact that firstly it is il­le­gal and more im­por­tantly the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects it has on ev­ery­one it comes into con­tact with. “What we are also tar­get­ing are those who are sell­ing th­ese drugs and ben­e­fit­ting from it while oth­ers suf­fer. “While we have ma­jor op­er­a­tions such as this hap­pen­ing, my of­fi­cer’s fo­cus on drugs is on­go­ing.” Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho said two peo­ple were taken into cus­tody on Fri­day on two sep­a­rate cases where sub­stances be­lieved to be mar­i­juana were found in their pos­ses­sion. “The first re­port was in Tavua where my of­fi­cers searched the home of a 31-year-old driver and found a car­ton con­tain­ing plants be­lieved to be mar­i­juana un­der a bed,” Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho said. “In the sec­ond op­er­a­tion car­ried out by my of­fi­cers, a 47-year-old farmer of De­laivalelevu is in cus­tody af­ter a search con­ducted in his truck at the Narain Jetty turned up plas­tic bags con­tain­ing sub­stances be­lieved to be mar­i­juana. “The raid was con­ducted yes­ter­day morn­ing. “We con­tinue to re­ceive in­for­ma­tion from mem­bers of the pub­lic re­gard­ing those in­volved in this trade. “Com­bined with our in­for­ma­tion gath­er­ing, we are ze­ro­ing in, on those in­volved. “Let us think about our fu­ture gen­er­a­tion and rid so­ci­ety of this il­le­gal trade.”

A mar­i­juana farm in Ka­davu. Photo: Po­lice Me­dia Cell

Po­lice of­fi­cers with mar­i­juana plants in Ka­davu. Photo: Po­lice Me­dia Cell

Po­lice and mil­i­tary per­son­nel on Op­er­a­tion Cavuraka. Photo: Po­lice Me­dia Cell

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