Police Minister urges more serious actions in the fight against drugs
Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 21/06/2019
Police Minister Hon. Mateni Tapueluelu is urging more actions to be done in the fight against drugs in Tonga as more illicit drugs are seized and people are now more vulnerable due to its impacts.
Tapueluelu raised this concern during deliberations in the Whole House Committee yesterday regarding the safety of the general public as more inmates are joining informal construction projects outside of prison premises.
Police Minister said Drug Taskforce previously seized a huge amount of drugs valued at 7 million pa’anga and with the ongoing operations in the fight against drugs, more drugs are seized. With this, Police Minister fears people will become more vulnerable to drugs and its impacts.
Police Minister also fears that if nothing is done about this, more people will commit serious drug related crimes in the future such as murder.
He therefore urged MPs to prioritize the public’s safety and recommends the cooperation between related stakeholders such as the Ministry of Prisons, Police and Justice.
Meanwhile, Police arrested three people with drugs earlier this week and they are still in police custody.
The first arrest was at the Eastern District where police arrested a 34-year-old man from Hauloto with one pack of methamphetamine (0.25 grams) and drugs paraphernalia.
On the same day, the Drugs Taskforce arrested a 61-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman from a residence in Longolongo, and seized 1 pack of methamphetamine (0.06 grams), cash, drugs paraphernalia and electronic devices.
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