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Questioning regarding white powder continues in Fiji

07-16-2010 14:35 BJT

SUVA: July 16 (Xinhua) -- The three Asian men arrested in Fiji after the seizure of raw material for production of methamphetamine, the biggest find in Fiji are still being grilled by local police officers and intelligence officers on Friday.

This is after Fiji police confirmed that the estimated value of the white powder seized at the Suva wharf was at 6.9 million Fiji dollars (3.5 million U.S. dollars).

Police also confirmed in the island nation that when processed, the raw materials would end up raking in an estimated 34.5 million Fiji dollars (17.6 million U.S. dollars).

The Fiji Police National Intelligence Bureau confirmed to local media in the island nation that, one of the men in custody was also involved in the biggest heroin bust in the Southern Hemisphere in 2000.

The implicated man had been released from prison after serving a seven-year jail term prior to this second arrest.

The three Asian men arrested in a joint operation of the Police Force and Customs Department on Wednesday evening continued to be interrogated, confirmed Fiji police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri.

Fiji police are trying to confirm where the white powder was bound for, what was its purpose in Fiji and how many other people were involved.

Police analysis showed the powder had a high concentration of pseudoephedrine, the major raw material used in the production of methamphetamines such as ice, pea and ecstasy.

Fiji police have confirmed that the consignment of the powder arrived from China, via Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.

The powder was found at the Suva Wharf where some of the men implicated were initially arrested.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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