RSIPF Thank SIPA for Allowing Facility

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Cocaine discovered on board a yacht in Honiara in September 2018.

THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) has acknowledged the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) for allowing its facility for the destruction of cocaine discovered onboard a yacht in Honiara in September 2018.

Assistant Commissioner (ACP) Crime and Intelligence, Ian Vaevaso said: “I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge SIPA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Eranda Kotelawala and his dedicated team for allowing police to use SIPA’s facilities and also for their tremendous assistance to destroy the cocaine through the use of incinerator on three separate occasions as previously reported in the media.”

“The use of the incinerator was a critical decision to ensure the cocaine was safely disposed with no danger caused to the environment and members of the public,” ACP Vaevaso said.

SIPA CEO Mr. Kotelawala said: “It is part of SIPA’s duty to support national matters of interest and with critical situations. We are more than willing to provide the same assistance in the future.”

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) with the support of other key government stakeholders and SIPA have destroyed the 500 kilograms of cocaine seized from a yacht in September 2018 during a joint operation with the Australian Federal Police in the foreshores of Honiara.

The destruction was done in three batches with the first batch destroyed in August and the second in October 2019. The remaining 245 kilograms of cocaine were destroyed on13 November 2019.