Not so juicy after all

JUICE sellers at the Lautoka Municipal Market have come on the radar of police after claims of trafficking of minors, and the sale of illicit drugs and single cigarette rolls are conducted from their stalls.

This was revealed by Lautoka Market Police Post officer Corporal Lagakali Uluiviti during the Improving Safety in Markets Western Stakeholders Divisional Meeting at Novotel, Nadi on Tuesday.

She said as a result of investigations, two juice sellers had their permits revoked after they were found selling single cigarette rolls and illegal drugs.

“This is one of the red spots in Lautoka City, it is a spot where criminal activities are happening,” Ms Uluiviti said.

“It’s a place where criminal activities like trafficking of minors, selling of cigarettes and selling of illegal drugs are happening.

“We, the police, are so glad to be working very closely with the Lautoka Market Vendors Association executives and the crime prevention committee which has resulted in the breakthrough of such cases.”

Ms Uluiviti said their continuous partnership would help reduce crime in the Sugar City.

She said women market vendors were most at risk from such activities.

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