Checkpoint leads to five arrested with illicit drugs and firearms in Tongatapu

    Puke toko 5 mo e mefi, kōkeini mo ha me'atau hili eni ha tu'u 'a e kau polisi 'o sivi me'alele he hala hihifo' he Tu'apulelulu'

    A Police traffic checkpoint in Tongatapu led to arrest of five people after illicit drugs and firearms were found in a vehicle.

    During the checkpoint on Hihifo Road on Thursday 15 November, Police found methamphetamine, cannabis and a pistol with live bullets inside the vehicle with two men.

    The 47-year-old driver from Fangaloto and his passenger, a 35 year-old man from Popua were arrested and taken into police custody.

    Following their arrest, a search warrant was executed at the driver’s property where three males, a 36-year-old man from Mataika, 28-year-old man from Ngele’ia and a 24-year-old man from ‘Utulau were arrested with more drugs and a bullet shell.

    Police seized 13.42 grams of methamphetamine and 2.06 grams of cannabis.

    Police have charged all suspects with possession of illicit drugs and were remanded in police custody until the 26 of November 2018

    Acting Chief Superintendent Tevita Vailea said: “We are completely committed to disrupting the supply of harmful drugs and apprehending those responsible.

    “The physical and social harm that these drugs cause to our children and communities, especially methamphetamine, is unacceptable and we are committed to lessening that harm and holding those responsible to account.

    Police are always keen to speak with members of our communities who may wish to confidentially pass on information relating to the dealing of unlawful drugs and can call us on 23417 or 922.”


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