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Fiji's Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho Tuesday stressed the need for Pacific countries including Australia and New Zealand to work together to disrupt criminal activity.
Speaking during the opening of a Transnational Crime Workshop in Nadi, Qiliho told participants they can’t afford to sit back and be territorial about the sharing of information or the sharing of capabilities and resources.
He says this will allow drug cartels to use the Pacific and its people for their personal gain.
“We cannot allow them to use the Pacific as transit points; where they leave behind a devastating trail of broken lives, broken families, devastated societies and nations. We must not allow them to think that Pacific law enforcement agencies, do not have the resources or the know-how to tackle transnational crime.”
The Police Commissioner also highlighted more than a thousand referrals between member countries over the past two years have resulted in the disruption of criminal activities before it reached the shores of neighboring island countries.
He this has resulted in successful illicit drug interceptions in Australia and New Zealand.
Qiliho said new forms of synthetic drugs have also been manufactured specifically designed to beat their detection mechanisms.
However, he said that the best way to stay ahead of the criminal world is to work together.
Meanwhile, the Fiji Police Force is advising people not to open any suspicious brown parcels with a picture of a Buffalo on it that may contain cocaine and may be found near the sea shore.
Police Spokesperson Ana Naisoro says more brown packets were discovered by people in the Yasawa’s and Bua , however people tried to open the parcels that were found in Bua.
“We urge members of the public not to try to open because it is dangerous to do so. This is cocaine in its purest form as we’ve mentioned before so their safety is also our concern.”
Naisoro says the brown parcels found are similar in packaging to those discovered on the outer islands last week.
”We received information of more discoveries in the Yasawa group and also in the Bua area in Vanua Levu. So our officers will be sent over to get the packages which will be sent for analysis to confirm whether they are the same. But the Packaging is the same.”
To date, the Police Force has discovered more than 100 brown parcels of cocaine which was located across a number of maritime zones.
SOURCE: FBC NEWS/PACNEWS
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