Outer Islands urged to be vigilant – Das
26th July, 2018
The Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (Revenue & Customs) Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Visvanath Das is encouraging people in the outer islands to report any suspicious activities out at Sea / Land to Customs.
This is after several parcels of brown packages proved to be Cocaine contained within were discovered on separate occasions in the Lau group.
Mr. Visvanath Das reiterated that Customs Officers have vast powers under the Customs Act and other laws of Fiji in relation to our borders, which Fijians need to be aware of and not hesitate to call Customs if they come across any suspicious discoveries / activities out at Sea / Land.
“Once again the people of Lau Group played a vital role in informing Revenue and Customs when the packages were discovered on the island. We commend the efforts of the Islanders and the Turaga Ni Koro for contacting us,” Mr. Das said.
“With the assistance of the Fiji Navy and New Zealand Naval Vessel Taupo, the Revenue and Customs Maritime Surveillance team successfully brought the packages to the Naval base last week and handed it over to Fiji Police for further investigations,” he said.
Mr. Das said people in the outer islands need to be vigilant and inform Customs of any suspicious activities on island shores.
To date, a total of 40 packages containing bars of Cocaine have been discovered on the Lau Group island shores with a value of more than AUD$20million.
“We are working closely with border agencies on a national and international level for the purpose of strengthening Maritime Surveillance of our border and the region and we need the support of the people to protect our way of life,” Mr, Das said.
Revenue and Customs is also reaching out to other islands that are part of our Coastal Watch program for assistance and the general public to report any illegal or suspicious activities to Customs on 990 9065/ 324 3000 or our hotline 1326.
“Together with stakeholders we are going to great lengths to protect our borders. It is also your responsibility as a citizen of this country to help Fiji grow and report any illegal/criminal activities at our borders,” Mr. Das added.
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