11 Jun 2004

Fiji drug bust raids net 13 suspects across region

10:37 am on 11 June 2004

The number of people arrested in connection with the biggest methamphetamine drug bust in the southern hemisphere has risen to 13.

Police in Fiji say they've broken up an Asian-run gang that had planned to make methamphetamines with a street value of US$560 million.

It planned to ship them to Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the United States.

Hong Kong police say they've arrested six people in Fiji, six in Malaysia and one in Hong Kong in raids against a drugs ring.

Meanwhile, it's reported Fiji officials who approve the entry of foreign nationals to set up businesses in the country are under police investigation.

Radio Legend says some officials are allowing foreign nationals into the country despite knowing that they may be involved in illegal operations.

The radio quotes the deputy police commissioner, Moses Driver, as saying investigations will be carried out into all the officials who facilitated the entry of all those arrested in the drug raid.