21 Dec 2018

Fiji police chief wages war on drug cartels

11:30 am on 21 December 2018

The police in Fiji have ramped up efforts to combat the illicit drug trade with the commissioner saying the Pacific must not be a transit point for drug cartels.

Fiji's Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho

Fiji's Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho Photo: Fijian Government

He said smugglers should think again if they believe the region doesn't have the resources or know-how to tackle transnational crime.

The Commissioner, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho, said the Pacific cannot allow cartels to use the region and its people for their personal gain.

He said they leave behind a devastating trail of broken lives, devastated societies and nations.

He welcomed a decision at a recent meeting of the Pacific Transnational Crime Network to focus on a Methamphetamine Action Plan for the region.

Mr Qiliho also said Fiji has stepped up operations in the fight against the local drug trade with teams deployed to hotspots around the county.

He said police expect an increase in drug activity over the festive season.

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