Three foreign nationals arrested in Vava‘u wash-up cocaine busts

    Three foreign nationals have been arrested in a Vava’u drug busts carried out this week.

    An unlicensed .22 rifle and ammunition seized during raids. Photo/Supplied

    A 70-year-old British male and his 58-year-old American wife were arrested at Houmelei along with a 25-year-old American male.

    Police have also seized almost 2kg of cocaine from a workshop at Neiafu owned and run by the 70-year-old and from the couple’s rented residence at Houmelei.

    The arrest was part of the ongoing investigations into the washed-up cocaine in Vava’u.

    “We want members of the public, locals and foreigners alike to take heed of the fact  that possession or distribution of any drug is a serious offence,” said Acting Deputy Commissioner Halatoa Tāufa.

    Packages of cocaine washed ashore in Vava’u. Photo/Supplied

    “I take the opportunity to acknowledge members of the community who have been helpful to Police during this investigation.”

    As Kaniva News reported previously, cocaine worth more than TOP$4 million has washed up on Hōleva and Ha’alaufuli beaches, with police scouring nearby shores for similar illicit packages.

    In 2012, a yacht which washed up in Vava’u seas with a badly decomposed body on board was carrying more than 200kg of cocaine worth up to US$120 million.

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