Police have arrested four men in the kingdom’s latest drugs bust.
Deputy Police Commissioner Pelenatita Fe’ao Vaisuai said the Drug Enforcement Taskforce made the arrest in Longolongo.
He said the accused had illicit drugs packed ready for sale.
Police seized 55 packs of cannabis (49.86 grams) and15 packs of methamphetamine (97.47 grams) along with drug paraphernalia and cash.
The four men included a 35-year-old man from Longolongo, a 29-year-old man from Hala’ovave, a 30-year-old man from Hoi and a 26-year-old man from Haveluloto.
“These arrests should reassure the community that preventing illicit drugs supply is a high priority for Police,” Deputy Commissioner Vaisuai said.
“We will continue to target those who supply drugs within our community.”
In recent weeks Tongan police have made several arrests.
During the Easter Public holidays, they arrested 17 people at three different locations in ongoing drugs operations.
On April 19, the Drug Taskforce arrested 10 men at a residence in Hofoa and seized 30 packs of methamphetamine (24.07 grams), nine packs of cannabis (2.88 grams), drugs paraphernalia, four live .22 bullets and cash.
Nine men were charged with unlawful possession of illicit drugs while the 10th man was charged with unlawful possession of ammunition.
On April 20, the Drug Taskforce arrested five men at a residence in Havelu where they seized 15 packs of methamphetamine (5.65 grams) and two bottles of homebrew, drugs paraphernalia and cash.
On the same day police arrested a 26-year-old woman from Touliki and 20-year-old man from Houmakelikao on Salote Road at Ma’ufanga, who had in their possession four packs of methamphetamine (1.18 grams), cash and drug paraphernalia.
A man arrested and charged a 34-year-old Tongan man after Quarantine Officers at the Fua’amotu International Airport intercepted 242.22 grams of cannabis seeds being illegally brought into the country on March 30.
Police recently seized about $US1.2 million worth of methamphetamine during a drug operation in Fahefa.
Anybody with information about drug related offending is asked to contact the police on 922.
The main points
- Police have arrested four men in the kingdom’s latest drugs bust.
- Deputy Police Commissioner Pelenatita Fe’ao Vaisuai said the Drug Enforcement Taskforce made the arrest in Longolongo.
- He said the accused had illicit drugs packed ready for sale.
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