1800 ‘marijuana’ plants found

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More than 1800 plants believed to be marijuana were discovered on two farms in the Natumua terrain in Tavuki, Kadavu.

Chief operations officer (COO) Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Livai Driu said a team from the Southern Division currently conducting drug operations on Kadavu made the discoveries on Wednesday.

The first raid conducted in the Natumua terrain led to the discovery of more than 1790 plants and dried leaves believed to be marijuana.

ACP Driu said a 32-year-old farmer from Natumua Village and an 18-year-old farmer from Korovou Village, Serua, were arrested and taken into custody.

He said the second raid conducted led to 96 plants believed to be marijuana being discovered.

The owner of the farm was unknown as investigations continue. ACP Driu reiterated the Fiji Police’s call for community support in eradicating the cultivation of the illicit drug.

He said while arrests are made for those found in possession in urban centres, concerted efforts were ongoing, targeting the source of the illicit trade.