Australian couple plead not guilty to drug charges
January 28, 2019 12:33 pm
Yvette and John Nikolic
An Australian couple allegedly involved in drug-related offences pleaded not guilty to their charges at the Suva High Court.
Yvette and John Nikolic are alleged to have unlawfully imported illicit drugs, arms and ammunition in Denarau, Nadi last year.
The two are jointly charged with two counts each of importing an illicit drug with two alternative counts of possessing an illicit drug.
They are also charged with a count each of possessing arms and ammunition without holding an arms license.
The couple was arrested after authorities seized 13 bricks of cocaine weighing 15 kilograms as well as 65 methamphetamine tablets with an estimated value of $30 million from their yacht.
Officials also found $15,000 in undeclared currency, two pistols and 97 rounds of live ammunition on board.
The trial is underway before Justice Daniel Goundar.
First state witness Kelemedi Gukirewa, a senior customs officer from the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service is giving evidence.