Phase two of Operation Sasamaki is currently underway on the island of Kadavu and yesterday two farms were raided where 754 plants believed to be marijuana was uprooted.
The first raid was conducted at Nauciwai Village, Yale where a team uprooted 325 plants believed to be marijuana and as a result 6 people were brought to the Vunisea Police Station for questioning.
In the second raid a team uprooted 429 plants believed to be marijuana from a farm belonging to a 32 year old man of Levuka Village in Yale. The suspect is yet to be arrested.
Also arrested yesterday was a 34 year old woman after she was found with a plastic containing dried leaves believed to be marijuana.
The outcome of day one of Operation Sasamaki in Kadavu will see four people being escorted to Suva with the seized plants and leaves believed to be marijuana. Testing of the materials will be conducted at the Fiji Police Forensic Lab in Nasova.
Phase two of Operation Sasamaki is also an outcome of a request that was made by the Kadavu Provincial Council last year to conduct a clean-up campaign on the island.
The Fiji Police Force is grateful to the vanua o Kadavu for their support in our operations as information has been forthcoming which has assisted our men on the ground and our intentions are to eradicate the cultivation and trade of marijuana.
ACP Rusiate Tudravu Chief Operations Officer