Senior custom official in meth and firearms charges remains in police custody

    The custom official charged in connection with the seizure of about TP$6 million worth of drugs at Queen Salote wharf remained in police custody.

    Paula Naitoko’s case has been adjourned to August 9 after a court appearance on July 12.  

    Another senior custom officer and a deputy commissioner of police were expected to appear in court to answer questions from Naitoko’s lawyer, a local report said.

    Naitoko was expected to apply for his release on bail.

    But his lawyer did not attend court when the case was called, it said.

    Naitoko, 59, was charged after police busted the drugs smuggled from the US including more than six kilograms of methamphetamine.

    Five illegal firearms were also found with ammunition.

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