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Three men arrested in on-going drugs operation

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 17/01/2020

The Police Drug Enforcement Taskforce in a joint operation with Customs arrested three people with illicit drugs and illegally imported firearms and ammunition from three different locations in an on-going drug operation.

A 66-year-old U.S citizen residing at Tapana Island in Vava’u was arrested on Friday 10th January 2020 by the Taskforce while he tried to pick up a parcel from the Neiafu Post Office. Police seized the parcel which contains 18.05 grams of cannabis oil. A search warrant of his residence also resulted in the seizure 0.28 grams of cannabis.

Following this arrest on Tuesday 14th January the Taskforce arrested a 64-year-old man from Leimatu’a and seized 1,430 of illegally imported ammunition.

A 59-year-old man from Ha’ateiho was also arrested on the same day from one of the bonded warehouse in Nuku’alofa with 3 firearms, a .22 long rifle and 2 shotguns.

A press release from the police states, that all 3 accused have been charged accordingly and to appear at the Magistrate Court at a later date.

Acting Deputy Commissioner Tevita Vailea says that Police are committed to disrupt and detect the supply of drugs and hold those responsible to account.




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