NZ’s drug is­sues fuelling prob­lems in Pa­cific: Ex­pert

Fiji Sun - - Pacific News -

Wellington: A Pa­cific re­search se­cu­rity group says New Zealand is pour­ing money into sur­veil­lance to fight drug smug­gling in the re­gion but is fail­ing to sup­port the peo­ple af­fected by the il­le­gal trade. Even more con­cern­ing, says the man­ag­ing direc­tor of Strate­gika Group Asia Pa­cific Jose Sousa-San­tos, are the is­landers stricken by ad­dic­tion. Mr Sousa-San­tos said by putting re­sources into law en­force­ment, New Zealand is ad­dress­ing the threat but is not help­ing the is­landers af­fected on the ground. “We are fo­cus­ing on stop­ping the drugs com­ing through the Pa­cific,” he said.

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