Twelve crew
members including the Captain of a local inter-island shipping company have
been charged following the discovery of more than $50,000 worth of marijuana on
Sunday night.

A raid was conducted by an operation team from the Totogo Police
Station which resulted in the seizure of several packages of dried leaves that
were later tested positive as marijuana.

The vessel had returned from a trip to Kadavu when information was
received of the group’s alleged involvement in the transportation of the
illicit substances.

The raid which was conducted at the Narain Jetty on Sunday night
resulted in the arrest of the boat Captain, Chief Engineer, Chief Mate and
crews including two Cadets.

The accused are aged between 69 and 18 and all have been charged
with unlawful possession of illicit drugs.

They will be produced at the Suva Magistrates Court today.

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