|Balaggan: 11 years. pic Fiji Live|
One major drug case has wrapped up but another is just unravelling.
The Indian national, Muskan Balaggan, has been sentenced to 11 and half years jail after earlier being convicted of trying to export more than 520 grams of cocaine to Australia valued between $200,000 and $500,000 ($AUS).
|Elton Xhemali: 10 years. pic Fiji Live|
Fellow accused, Elton Xhemali, from America, has been jailed for 10 years.
Both have been given non-parole periods of 9 and 8 years.
Balaggan, 22, and Xhemali, 26, were sentenced in the High Court in Suva by Justice Daniel Goundar who admitted "Fiji does not have a sophisticated intelligence service to detect drug-smuggling."
He said: “Unless there is a tip off, it is easy to sneak in and out, hard drugs. In all cases, the hard drugs were for the overseas market. So Fiji is just being used by the drug-smugglers as a transit point ...."
Revealing words considering the shadow currently hanging over the Fiji police after allegations of a drug ring operating in the force, going all the way to the top.
The force this weekend revealed a second lot of drugs had gone missing and that it was yet again an inside job.
Several weeks ago, cocaine valued at millions of dollars disappeared from Toorak CID.
|Accused: Bakoa. pic Fiji Live|
A police mole says Bakoa is a scapegoat and that while he was assigned custody of the drugs, they went missing when he was at home.
He puts the value of the missing marijuana at one million dollars and says "How can so much dope go missing with at least 10 officers at Nabua police station ground floor at any given time?"
He says: "Only the Chinese and drugs cartel have the capability to buy those drugs at what intel sources say could be a discounted price of 3 million."
He reckons there is currently about one million dollars worth of drugs on the streets and night clubs. He also claims the drugs have been shipped to New Zealand via boat or Chinese fishing vessels.
"With these kind of operations only Fiji Police and Army have the capability of moving such amount of drugs. Any other person will be caught!"