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Police and Customs seized illegal firearms and bullets from shipments earlier this month

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 26/07/2019

Police are concerned with the significant amount of firearms and ammunition smuggled into the country following the interception of illegal firearms and live bullets earlier this month.

Deputy Police Commissioner Pelenatita Vaisuai on a press release says they have seized 10 illegal firearms and more than 20,000 live bullets from four different shipments from the US.

It is an outcome of a joint operation with Customs.

Three shipments were seized at the Customs warehouse in Vava’u and one shipment was seized from a bonded warehouse in Tongatapu.

Three men have been arrested in relation to the shipments, including a 43-year-old man from Kameli Vava’u.

He’s charged with importation of firearms and over 20,000 various ammunitions without license.

A 45-yearold man from Leimatu’a and a 74-year-old man from Neiafu have also been charged for importation of firearms and ammunitions without license.

Police are urging members of the public to come forward with any information that will help with their investigations or to contact 922.

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