Drug Arrests

Drug arrests in Tonga ramp up through beginning of 2019

Local police said there were 84 arrests between January and April this year.

This was out of a total of 180 between April 2018 and April 2019.

Mele Manu Bloomfield, from the Taimi 'o Tonga newspaper says that they have been covering between two and three drug arrests a week, not including cases already before the court.

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The suspects were apprehended by the Police Drug Enforcement Taskforce at a house in Longolongo with illicit drugs packed ready for sale.

Police seized 55 packs of cannabis and 15 packs of methamphetamine  along with drug paraphernalia and cash.

The suspects are a 35-year-old man of Longolongo, a 29-year-old man of Hala’ovave, a 30-year-old man of Hoi and a 26-year-old man of Haveluloto.

They are currently in police custody and will appear in Court at a later date.

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Police say the arrest was made as their officers executed a search warrant at a residence.

The suspect has been charged with possession of illicit drugs and will appear at the Fasi Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 6 June 2017.

During the search, Police confiscated 43.89grams of cannabis (88 small bags and 1 large bag) and 14grams of methamphetamine (28 small bags and 6 medium bags).

Acting Chief Superintendent Tevita Vailea said everyone in our communities has a right to be safe and feel safe whether they are at home or at work.