ARREST ENDS FIJI DRUG TRAFFICKING SYNDICATE

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (March 7, 2000 – Radio Australia)---Police report that an arrest last Friday in the capital marked the end of a cocaine trafficking syndicate involving Fiji, Colombia and Australia.

Businessman Amani Hughes Ramoa was charged with the illegal importation of drugs after police tracked a shipment of 30 grams of cocaine, concealed inside a computer hard disk, to his workplace.

Police Commissioner Isikia Savua said the consignment originated in Colombia and was destined for Australia.

He said the arrest resulted from a successful international operation involving police in Fiji and Australia and the U.S. Customs and Drug Enforcement Agency.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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