Customs seize meth

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CUSTOMS officers in Nadi confiscated 115 grams of methamphetamine through a parcel post on Wednesday.

In a joint statement yesterday, the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) and the Fiji Police Force revealed the estimated cost of the drugs found stood at $115,000 with a social cost associated to be around $210,000.

FRCS chief executive officer Visvanath Das said a woman was arrested yesterday by Customs officers together with the officers from the Criminal Investigations Department for allegedly importing the drug.

He confirmed the drugs were concealed inside a bottle of peanut butter that arrived from the United States to Nadi and addressed to a local person.

Mr Das said Customs officers at the Parcel Post scanned the consignment and discovered the white powder which was later tested positive for methamphetamine.

“The parcel was then sent to the Suva Post Office through control delivery and officers arrested the lady when she came to pick the parcel today (yesterday),” he said.

Mr Das highlighted that FRCS officers have been reminded to be more vigilant at all times and to foil attempts by smugglers who may take advantage of the busy passenger and cargo flows at the control points.

“I commend our officers for carrying out their duties diligently in ensuring our borders are protected from the infiltration of illicit drugs.”

He added FRCS was maintaining a close contact with local and overseas enforcement agencies to strengthen intelligence exchange to combat the smuggling activities.

Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said every drug seizure counted even though it was a few grams or kilos.

“Whether it’s a few grams or kilos, every seizure counts. If we are able to prevent one more innocent life from the harmful effects of the illicit drug trade, that in itself is a major victory for law enforcement,” Brig-Gen Qiliho said.

He reiterated the danger surrounding hard drugs and said methamphetamine was being glamourised from what people watched on television and in the movies.

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