Man Arrested At Fiji Airport With Liquor, Pellet Guns

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Unidentified man tried to avoid inspection, flee baggage area

By Tevita Vuibau

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Nov. 13, 2013) – Customs officials at Nadi Airport in Fiji caught a man trying to smuggle guns, ammunition and liquor into the country yesterday morning.

The unidentified man was found in possession of an air gun, three pistols, two plastic containers containing 1100 pellets and six bottles of liquor which were subsequently confiscated from him.

A release from the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) revealed the man tried to avoid inspection by Customs officers and even attempted to bribe one to let him through the baggage hall.

The man also attempted to flee the baggage hall into a taxi, however, FRCA officials with the assistance of border police officers were able to apprehend him before he could make off.

[PIR editor’s note: The Fiji Sun described the individual in question as "Tongan," allegedly traveling from Los Angeles to Tonga, passing through Fiji.]

"FRCA Customs officials had to enlist the assistance of border police officers to apprehend the man as he went past the baggage hall and into a taxi," the statement from FRCA said.

"Customs officers asked to check the baggage of the passenger after the X-ray machine revealed that he had six liquor bottles in his possession.

"The passenger was in the Customs green lane which meant he had nothing to declare.

"However when he was directed to the Customs examination counter, the man was abusive and forced his way out of the baggage hall but with the assistance of the police he was brought back into the baggage hall."

FRCA CEO Jitoko Tikolevu said the case was referred to police for further investigations.

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said the man of unidentified nationality was in police custody at the Namaka Police station in Nadi.

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