MAN DETAINED IN FIJI FOR POSSESSING DRUG CHEMICALS

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‘Substantial amount’ of pills to make meth result in questioning

By Avinesh Gopal SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Feb. 7, 2012) – A man allegedly found with a substantial amount of tablets which are also used to produce methamphetamine has been questioned and released by police.

The 0.22 kilograms of pseudoephedrine (Contact NT) tablets allegedly found in the businessman's possession will be sent to Australia by police for further analysis.

The tablets are used to treat nasal and sinus congestion but also used to manufacture methamphetamine, which is a central nervous system stimulant drug.

Customs officers intercepted the businessman as he disembarked at Nadi Airport from a Hong Kong flight on Friday morning.

Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority chief executive officer Jitoko Tikolevu said in a statement customs officers intercepted 0.22 kilograms of pseudoephedrine from the businessman. Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said the man had been questioned and released by border police pending further investigations.

"We will send the tablets to Australia for further analysis and the suspect has to remain in the country until investigations are complete," he said.

Inspector Sokomuri could not say whether the businessman was a local.

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