40 kg of cocaine seized from an island in Fiji

Authorities in Fiji have seized about 31 bars of cocaine worth about FJD $30million from an island in the Lau group.

The operation was initiated when the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) was tipped off that there were bars found on an island in Lau believed to contain illicit drugs.

The information led to a joint operation between FRCS, Police and the Fiji Navy in seizing the bars from the island.

According to a statement from FRCS, the bars weighing 40 kilograms were retrieved and secured and after testing were confirmed to be cocaine.

“We commend the efforts of the people of the island and those who ensured that Revenue and Customs was immediately alerted about the drugs found on the island,” FRCS chief executive officer Visvanath Das said.

“It is this kind of partnership we would like to establish with islands around Fiji and villagers along the coastline through our Coast Watch initiative, which we launched in January this year.”

While no other information has been revealed, Mr Das said surveillance in coastal communities and seas were an ongoing challenge for Customs.

Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho confirmed that the drugs were now in Police custody.

“The drugs are now in our custody and we will be working closely with the Fiji Navy and Customs throughout the investigation process,” Brig-Gen Qiliho said.