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Combined Police Operation during Sports this week aims to crack down drugs distribution

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 24/04/2017

Almost 120 Police officers will be deployed at Teufaiva Park and nearby areas in a Police operation for the Inter-Collegiate Sports competition which will start tomorrow – April 25th until Friday April 28th.

They will focus on taking into custody, those, that will or attempt to sell, consume and distribute any kind of illicit drugs to students or spectators.

Meanwhile Psychologist Dr. Mapa Puloka spoke of the impacts of drugs on the people of Tonga.

The Acting Chief Police Superintendent Tevita Vailea told Radio and Television Tonga News they’re doing their best to address the issue.

On a similar development, Dr. Mapa Puloka – Psychologist of the Ministry of Health says distribution of drugs in Tonga is worsening.

It was evident on 57% of his patients admitted to the Psychiatric ward with mental illnesses which are due to consuming of drugs.

However, the emphasis is, that all these illicit drugs especially marijuana, can cause addiction and disillusionment.

Minimum fine for such crimes is TOP$500.00 up to a maximum imprisonment of 10 – 20 years.

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