DRUGS FOUND IN FIJI BISCUIT TIN

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By Ofa Kaukimoce

SUVA, Fiji (April 27, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Police in Fiji are investigating the accidental discovery of almost three kilograms of cocaine in a tin of biscuits.

The cocaine, with an estimated value of AUD$300,000 (US$152,000), is believed to have been bound for Australia.

The discovery follows last year's seizure of a large quantity of high-grade heroin.

Police Commissioner Isikia Savua said the cocaine, which was discovered by a family during a meal, is part of a larger drug ring.

The biscuit tin was given to the family by a friend.

The identity of the family who handed the cocaine to the police is being withheld.

Commissioner Savua said they suspect that the drugs were destined for Australia with the help of some overseas traffickers.

He said Fiji police are working with the Australian Federal Police to uncover the culprits.

The incident reveals that Fiji is being used as a transit point for drug trafficking.

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