Ten-One Community Edition August 05 - Vol 2

Policing in the Pacific

Kiwis help bust huge 'meth' operation in Fiji

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 Henry.

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 region.

"The Transnational Crime Units and Pacific Transnational Crime Coordination Centre play an important part in this," says Henry.


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