Commisioner of Police, Sitiveni Qiliho says that the Criminal Investigation Department have arrested a staff of FIji Airways who was allegedly involved in transportation of illicit substance into the country.
“Officers from the Criminal Investigations Department today produced a Fiji Airways staff member in court for his alleged involvement in the transportation of illicit substances on board our national carrier.”
An investigation was launched by a special CID team after information was received about the alleged involvement of a Fiji Airways staff member in the transportation of illicit substances.
Close co-operation between the Fiji Police and Fiji Airways resulted in the successful arrest of the accused person last Friday.
The accused Frederick Epeli is alleged to have on the 23rd of December 2018 at Nadi in the Western Division without lawful authority facilitated in exporting of two parcelS weighing to the total of 2015.7 grams of cocaine and illicit drugs.
He was produced at the Nadi Magistrates Court charged with one count of unlawful importation and exportation and one count of Unlawful possession, manufacture, cultivation and supply contrary to Section 5(b) of the Illicit Drugs Control Act 2004.
Over the last 48 hours investigators have and continue to search for the second suspect who is alleged to have supplied the illicit drugs and facilitated the exchange.
“We commend the support shown by Fiji Airways for giving us their full co-operation since the matter was brought to the airline’s attention.”