Fiji Police Pull Up $1 Million In Marijuana
Ana Tudrau-Tamani - AHN News Correspondent
Suva, Fiji (AHN) - Fiji’s police drug unit has uprooted a total of 360 marijuana plants from the Navosa highlands worth a street value of $1 million.
Two men have been arrested and are being questioned in connection with the discovery.
Just last month the unit uprooted 289 marijuana plants from a nearby farm but its value has yet to be estimated.
In the April raid, the plants ranged from one to two meters high but no one has been arrested as police are still trying to determine the owner of the farm.
Police spokesman Atunaisa Sokomuri warned that dealing and cultivating marijuana is a crime and anyone caught doing so will be dealt with severely.
In February, Fiji police confirmed they had uprooted 2,033 marijuana plants valued at $10 million.
While investigations continue, police have reiterated that they will continue to crack down on those involved in the cultivating and trafficking of marijuana.
In late December, more than $2.3 million worth of marijuana plants were seized in Navosa, while raids in late November led to a discovery of marijuana plants worth a street value of $100 million.
Navosa is one of Fiji's fourteen provinces, and one of eight based in Viti Levu, Fiji's largest island.
May 20, 2010