There has been another major drug bust in Fiji on Saturday – with approximately 1.1 tonnes of white substances in crystal and powder seized in Maqalevu, Nadi.

This is a week after three tonnes were found in Legalega, also in Nadi.

Fiji Police Assistant Commissioner of Police Mesake Waqa said preliminary test has confirmed that the white substance was methamphetamine.

The drugs seized were stored in four large containers, 138 medium containers, 127 small containers and 62 kava bags (500grammes packets).

A 37-year-old businessman of Nadi is in Police custody in relation to the drug find.

This is the second major drug bust within a week and investigation is underway to find all those responsible.

“The investigation is in its initial stage, and we are pleading to members of the community to assist us with any information related to the drugs, said ACP Waqa.

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The Fiji Police Force is working close with counterparts in Australia and New Zealand to ascertain how 4.1 tonnes of methamphetamine ended up in Fiji and whether they were destined for another country, Police Commissioner Juki Fong Chew told the Fiji Times.

He said Police were also trying to find out if the drug bust in Fiji was linked to Fijian national Aiyaz Musa Umarji, who is serving a four-year jail term in New Zealand for the importation of illicit drugs into that country.

“We cannot say if it was linked to Musa as investigations are still on-going and we will try to explore all avenues to identify the linkage and who are the people involved.

Acting Commissioner Chew believes there are more drugs ‘still out there.

“We request individuals with relevant information to please pass them on to Police. Eradication of drugs is not only a police responsibility but the whole nation’s responsibility, he told the Fiji Times.