Fiji’s biggest drug bust ‘sends warning’
Fiji Police believe a seized shipment of $30million worth of heroin at the country’s second biggest port – the largest ever in the country’s history – was destined for a third country.
Acting Fijian Police Commissioner Isikeli Vuniwaqa says this is the theory they are working on, although it’s too early in their investigations to confirm this.
A local is already in custody in relation to the seizure and investigations are continuing.
The drug bust at the Lautoka wharf on Sunday afternoon was the result of a joint operation by Fiji Police and the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority.
The drugs were found packed inside the tyres of a quad bike in a container bound from Thailand.
ACP Vuniwaqa says uncovering heroin at the border is not common, but it should sound a warning to criminals that Fiji border officials are trained and vigilant.
“Just a warning, for those who intend to use Fiji as a safe-haven for drug smuggling, or for transition, this is a warning, that Fiji is intensifying its border watch now and into the future,” he said.