20 Jul 2015

Fiji targeted as drug trafficking hub

2:37 pm on 20 July 2015

Fiji's police say the country is being used as a key distribution point for illicit drugs, but Fiji is not a market for drugs itself.

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation reports the Police Chief of Intelligence and Investigation Henry Brown saying despite recent drug busts, involving 50 kilograms of cocaine in Lautoka and 21 kilograms of methamphetamine in Nadi, the main focus for criminals is transshipment.

He says the market is Australia and New Zealand, and Fiji is being used as a port for repackaging and sending on.

Henry Brown says local authorities have proved their abilities with the recent drug busts but says they need to stay vigilant to combat transnational crimes.