Since mid March, Fiji Police Force operations has focused resources to containing the spread of COVID-19.

However, this is managed with other operational needs.

Although borders are closed, Fiji continues to report
cases of illegal possession of illicit drugs.

Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said Fiji has a history of housing the biggest drug production laboratory in the region which does not discount the possibility of another local production of illicit drugs like methamphetamine.

“Police are not
ruling out the possibility of the local production of illicit drugs such as
methamphetamine as they follow leads relating to drug-related activities in the
country,” Qiliho said.

Commissioner of
Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho says that police took down a local
drug production laboratory. It was the biggest drug lab in the region.

Equipment
that police have confiscated over time showed that there is a source producing
illicit drugs within in country.

“Drug equipment
that were confiscated by police overtime were evident of the fact that Fiji was
in some way producing its own illicit drugs.”

The Fiji Police force is working closely with other
agencies to address Fiji’s war on drugs with information sharing at the center
of their cooperation.

“The Fiji Police Force is working with the Naval force as well as other arms of government to address Fiji’s war on drugs with information sharing at the center of their cooperation.

It is evident
that Fiji is not just a transit point for the drug trade business with markets
in Australia and New Zealand. Police has evidence that Fiji is also producing
its own illicit drugs.”

Fiji has been a transit point for the drug trading
business. But now police have evidence to believe that Fiji is now more than
just a transit point but a producer and supplier of illicit drugs too.

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