drug bust

10 people accused over importing over a tonne of drugs into New Zealand

Up to five million dollars' worth of drugs was seized in a major operation targeting the importation of methamphetamine and other drugs into New Zealand.

A New Zealand man has allegedly been operating overseas since 2016, sending drugs to associates back here via multiple countries and using a variety of ways to conceal the drugs.

He was arrested at the border in Italy on February 2.

Police have also arrested six of his alleged associates living in New Zealand after search warrants were carried out throughout the wider Auckland region last week.

4 men apprehended in Tonga drug bust

Police seized 2 packs of cocaine (1.04 grams), 1.43 grams of cannabis, 2 live .22 bullets and over $5,000 pa’anga cash in the raid over the weekend.

The four suspects all in their 40’s are from Kolomotu’a, Kolofo’ou, Fangaloto and Vaini.

They have been charged accordingly.

“These arrests should reassure the community that preventing illicit drugs supply is a high priority for Police. We will continue to target those who supply drugs within our community, and hold them to account for their crimes,” said A/Deputy Commissioner Tevita Vailea.

Nine men arrested in latest drug bust in Tonga

With the help from Police Detector Dog Zander, Police seized 4,847 of illegally imported live bullets, 4 packs of methamphetamine (1.86 grams), and 61.3 grams of cannabis.

The nine arrested included a 46-year-old man from Pelehake, a 60-year-old man from Ha’atu’a ‘Eua, a 50-year-old man from Fanga, a 49-year-old man from Hauloto, three men between the age of 31 to 45 from Vaini, a 36-year-old man from Tatakamotonga and a 35-year-old man from Longolongo.

Tonga Customs Officer arrested after drug bust

The Drug Enforcement Taskforce arrested the officer on Thursday after Customs Officers intercepted the drugs at the Queen Salote Wharf on Tuesday.

The drugs consisted of 6.7 kilograms of methamphetamine, 625.29 grams of cannabis, and 107.29 grams of cannabis oil, which were allegedly smuggled into the country through a shipment from the United States of America.

Illegal firearms, 1 M4 Assault rifle, 2 Glock pistols and 1 handgun with relevant ammunition were allegedly found in the shipment.

Tonga police make major drug bust

A 28 year-old-man was arrested with the drugs at his residence in Fahefa.

The police commissioner, Stephen Caldwell, thanked the public for its support in helping rid the community of drug peddlers.

Two other men were also arrested for possession of cannabis, drug paraphenalia and live ammunition.


19 arrested in Tonga Police drug bust

Ten people including a woman were arrested on Friday after police seized cannabis, ammunition and cash in a raid.

On Saturday, seven men were arrested after police found cannabis, ammunition and cash in another raid.

A 40-year-old-man of Lapaha was arrested at Ngele’ia on Sunday after he was allegedly found with 21 packs of methamphetamine

Police also arrested a 32-year-old-man of Vaini on the same day after he was allegedly found with cannabis.

All the suspects are in police custody while investigations continue.

Tongan man faces life imprisonment following Sydney airport drug bust

AFP arrested ‘Iunisitani Toluta’u, 32, with another man and have seized approximately 38 kilograms of methamphetamine trafficked through Sydney airport.

Kaniva News reports both men were scheduled to appear before Sydney Central Local Court on Thursday to face charges relating to their alleged involvement in this criminal enterprise.

Toluta’u of Campsie, who was an employee of an airport service provider, allegedly used his access to secure areas at Sydney Airport to offload two rucksacks from the luggage hold of an incoming flight from Canada on Wednesday, 6 March 2019.

Five more charged over French Polynesia ice production

Last week, the two main suspects were charged and remanded after a raid on a house on Tahiti's peninsula where they had set up a lab to produce the banned drug.

The five were allegedly also involved in the operation by buying medicines at pharmacies to make methamphetamine.

They were reportedly given some of the drug in return.

The couple at the centre of the operation are in their mid-30s.

If convicted, they could face a prison sentence of up to 20 years.



TOP$2 million ‘ice’ seized at Tonga airport

The suspect was arrested Tuesday by the Police Drug Taskforce with the assistance of Customs and Tonga Airport Limited.

The drugs were in the suspect’s possession when police arrested him from inside the departure transit area.

Cash in different currencies with approximate value of TOP$10,000 was also seized.

Police said it is clear that the suspect intended to smuggle the drugs out from Tonga to New Zealand.

Myanmar monk is arrested over two huge drug hauls

The monk was first stopped in Rakhine state with 400,000 tablets in his car.

No value has been placed on the hauls, although in 2015 the UN estimated the retail price of a methamphetamine tablet was about $2 - making the latest consignment worth about $9.2m (£7.3m).

Myanmar has emerged as a top producer of illegal drugs in recent years.

The senior monk, named only as Arsara, was arrested after police discovered the first consignment of tablets in his car as he was driving to the town of Maungdaw bordering Bangladesh.