For the past seven day period, more than 2000 marijuana plants were uprooted from the Loa and Naqio Hills and near Vunikura Village. Reports The Fiji Sun
Special operations team made up of officers from the Police Special Response Unit and officers from different divisions continue to focus in on areas known for the cultivation
This past week the teams have been focused in both the Northern Division in the Tukavesi and Savusavu areas and in Southern Division in Kadavu.
For the past seven day period, more than 2000 marijuana plants were uprooted from the Loa and Naqio Hills and near Vunikura Village.
The latest arrest involved a 42year old Turaga ni Koro after a raid conducted at his house resulted in the seizure of dried leaves in a plastic bag and upon further investigations the team discovered a farm with more than 180 plants believed to be marijuana allegedly belonging to the suspect.
Five others were arrested by the joint operations team and processed at the Tukavesi Police Station where they have been charged and produced in court.
In Taveuni a 15year old and a 26year old were arrested and charged for their alleged involvement in drug-related activities, while two farmers were arrested and processed in Savusavu for similar offences.
Meanwhile in Kadavu, drug operations continue with more than 2000 marijuana plants. uprooted from three farms.
The first raid was conducted at Lavidi Village where more than 300 marijuana plants were uprooted. In Vacalea more than 130 plants were uprooted and on Friday morning more than 1500 marijuana plants were uprooted from a farm in Naikorokoro Village.
The owners of the farms have yet to be located.
Chief Operations Officer Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Abdul Khan says the momentum on the war on drugs will increase as we enter the Festive season.
He adds the focus is on green and white drugs the latter being more complex as it takes time to gather and conduct the necessary intelligence driven operations.