Kiwis help bust huge 'meth' operation
An international team effort was responsible for busting a huge
methamphetamine manufacturing operation in Fiji's capital,
Suva, last year...
It's estimated that the operation had enough chemicals and equipment
to manufacture up to 500kg a week of methamphetamine — likely destined
for markets in Europe, United States, Australia and New Zealand.
OC of Fiji Police Force Transnational Crime Unit, Detective Inspector
Henry Brown says the investigation was an international team effort involving
Fiji Police, NZ Police, and Australian Federal Police.
"Fiji Police did the ground work, with Australia helping to investigate.
New Zealand Police were called on for their expertise in dismantling clan-labs," says
He says the discovery of the clan-lab is an example of transnational
organised crime elements using Fiji for their illegal activities.
"However, they underestimated our regional law enforcement capability.
The success of the operation demonstrated that we are working regionally
to ensure transnational crime will not be allowed to gain a foothold in the
"The Transnational Crime Units and Pacific Transnational Crime Coordination
Centre play an important part in this," says Henry.