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Public concern for their safety following the recent seizure of illicit drugs and firearms

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 06/05/2019

Members of the public have raised concerns on their safety – following the recent seizure of illegal items such as illicit drugs, firearms and ammunition.

This morning Radio Tonga News was in Nuku’alofa this morning and some expressed how worried they are for their safety as Police continue to seize illegal firearms and drugs from random places.

Sione Lauti of Pangaimotu and Sau Tavake of Ma’ufanga said, they do not feel safe anymore and they fear for the sake of their families at night time because criminal activities are on the rise in Tonga.

‘Isi Fatani from Matangiake said, the people’s lives are at risk now as some have access to illegal weapons and can use it for defense in times of brawls or arguments.

Fatani is also urging the Government to implement national strategies to protect the people and seize all these illegal items.

Just last week, the Drug Enforcement Taskforce arrested four people from three different locations along with illicit drugs, firearm, ammunition and cash.

Those arrested included a 33-year-old man from Tofoa, a 40-year-old man from Fua’amotu, a 23-year-old woman from Kolofo’ou and a 33-year-old man from Vaini.

A total of 228.82 grams of cannabis, a .22 rifle and 587 live bullets were seized by police in this target operation.

All four suspects have been charged accordingly for possession of illicit drugs and for possession of firearm and ammunition without license.

They are remanded in police custody to appear in court at a later date.

In a press release from the Ministry – it stated – Police are concerned with the significant amount of firearms and ammunition that have been smuggled into the country and the risks they pose to community safety.

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