Fiji Police Crackdown Sees More Than 30,000 Marijuana Plants Uprooted

Five day old drug Operation Cavuraka hitting remote areas of the country

By Reginald Chandar

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, June 15, 2016) – Operation Cavuraka, a joint effort of the Fiji Police Force and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces has entered its fifth day and more than 30,000 marijuana plants have been uprooted from twelve separate farms in the Navosa Highlands.

And in the latest inception, a nine hour trek by officers discovered a farm where more than 17,000 marijuana plants were being cultivated.

Chief of Intelligence and Investigations, ACP Luke Navela who visited the team today said the morale of the officers is high as they continue their efforts in locating the farms.

“As the Commissioner of Police has reiterated, no matter how far these farmers will go to hide what they’re doing, we will get to them”.

ACP Navela says majority of the farms located had plants which were young and most had nurseries.

“Plants found range from 2cm to over 1 meters in height and we know their modus operandi so we will continue to comb these highlands until we have sent the message that there is no justification for this illegal activity”.

The team of officers on the operation is also working to identify the farmers as well as track down on the proceeds of crime and those who have or are benefiting from the drug trade.

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Way to go and good efforts. I admired your hard work in getting those undesired weeds out of the way.

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