Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Drug lords run for cover


by Ifereimi Nadore

Fiji Times - Wednesday, April 21, 2010
STUNG by constant police raids, Navosa farmers have crossed the border to ply their illicit trade in Naitasiri.
Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said officers were aware that farmers were conducting their business from secret locations in secluded, hilly terrain which is largely inaccessible.
Insp Sokomuri said the growing number of informers in villages and the continued raids by police had forced drug activities deep into the forests.
"We noted that they are moving away from their land by crossing to other neighbouring provinces. Farmers nowadays are very smart for they would be looking for every possible ways to evade the police," said Insp Sokomuri.
He said new areas of cultivation had been located in the interior of Naitasiri.
"In the past there were few farmers who planted marijuana for their own consumption. Now they are into commercial farming," said Insp Sokomuri.
His revelations came as Navosa chiefs mounted a campaign to rid the province of drugs.
Meanwhile, a 34-year-old villager from Korovou Village in Wainimala was arrested at the weekend after a tip-off from members of the public that he was keeping dried leaves believed to be marijuana in his home.
"Upon receiving the information, a team from the drug unit and police from Vunidawa were dispatched to Korovou Village. They raided the suspect's house and found a sack full of dried leaves hidden under the bed," he said.
The leaves have been taken to Koronivia for further analysis. The suspect was questioned at the Vunidawa Police Station and released.

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