Maqalevu drug bust | Tests confirm white substances to be methamphetamine

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Drugs seized from the bust at Maqalevu in Nadi. Picture: FIJI POLICE

Preliminary tests of about 1.1 ton of white substances in crystal and powder that was seized at Maqalevu in Nadi last night has been confirmed to be methamphetamine.

Fiji’s Assistant Commissioner of Police – Crime Mesake Waqa said the drugs seized were stored in four large containers, 138 medium containers, 127 small containers and 62 Kava Bags (500grams packets).

Drugs packed in kava packets that were seized at Maqalevu ni Nadi on Friday night, January 20, 2024. Picture: FIJI POLICE

He said a 37-year-old Nadi businessman was now in their custody in relation to the drug haul.

He also acknowledged the support of its stakeholders that had assisted in the raid.

“This is the second major drug burst within a week and investigation is underway to find all those responsible,” ACP Waqa said.

“The investigation is in its initial stage and we are pleading to members of the community to assist us with any information in regard to the above find.”

Last week, in what police said was the country’s biggest drug bust, seized more than three tonnes of methamphetamine stored in 797 medium-sized containers where drugs were stored and wrapped in brown tape.

The street value of that haul is yet to be established.

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