A Police team on the island had uprooted about 40,000 plants in the past week and was awaiting a court order to destroy the haul
Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho. Photo: File
Landowners with marijuana plants on their land can get into trouble even if they are not aware, says Commissioner of Police, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho.
He made the comment while responding to a plea at the Kadavu Provincial Council meeting yesterday.
The plea was from a local man who raised the ongoing issue during the talanoa session with Prime Minister Voreqe at Tavuki Village.
He told village and district representatives that Police had engaged the Drug Act 2004 that stated such consequences.
“Even if you do not know that there are marijuana plants on your land, you will be the one held responsible,” he said.
“There is a section that deals with the property owner and in this case the landowners. We are looking at that.
“It is a new trend now that they do not know who is farming on their land when it is just 10 minutes away from the village and it is planted with cassava, dalo and…