Drugs

12 arrested in series of drug busts in Tonga

Nine men and three women, whose ages range between 20 and 41, are due to appear in court.

Tonga police say they've seized 20 grams of methamphetamine, 273 grams of cannabis and a range of drug utensils.

Acting commissioner Tevita Vailea described it as a significant seizure which had the potential to cause serious harm in the community.

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More people arrested with illicit drugs in Tonga

The Drug Taskforce apprehended the suspects from a residence in Vaini with 37.44 grams of methamphetamine, 201.67 grams of cannabis and over TOP$3,000 pa’anga cash.

The suspects include five men between the ages of 28 to 45 and two women aged 18 and 20.

All of them are from Vaini and they have been remanded in custody while an investigation continues.

A/Deputy Commissioner Tevita Vailea says the arrests show that those who are seeking to profit from the harm these drugs cause can continue to expect to be targeted by Police.

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Justin Bieber says his drug use got 'crazy scary'

Speaking in the latest episode of his YouTube series, the singer admitted he became addicted to taking pills and smoking cannabis when he was 13.

"People don't know how serious it got," he said in the episode The Dark Season.

"I was waking up in the morning and the first thing I was doing is popping pills and smoking a blunt and starting my day."

Last year, the 25-year-old Canadian took a break from music to repair "some of the deep-rooted issues", but announced before Christmas he will return in 2020 with a new album and US tour.

Kiribati police find cocaine and marijuana packages

A report from KPS said that as illicit drugs are already in the country, people particularly youths, are probably using it.

KPS said the pure cocaine package, weighed 1.5kg while the other package containing marijuana weighed more than 3kg.

The drugs are being kept at the Kiribati Police Headquarters in Betio.

Police have called on the public to report information related to suspected drug use and possession.

Tonga Police seize methamphetamine, cocaine and cannabis in latest drug arrests

The Drug Enforcement Taskforce arrested a 50-year old man from Fangaloto and a 22-year-old woman from Nukunuku from their vehicles that were parked in front of a shop in town, and seized 144.98 grams of methamphetamine, 43.59 grams of cocaine and 12.76 grams of cannabis.

Following the first arrest on Tuesday the Drug Enforcement Taskforce also searched the residence of the accused at Fangaloto and seized 85.91 grams of cannabis and drug utensils.

Seven arrested in Tonga on drugs charges

Police said one woman and six men were arrested on Tuesday and 20.85 grams of methamphetamine were seized along with two grams of cocaine and drug utensils.

The arrests, in two locations of the capital, are part of ongoing efforts to disrupt the methamphetamine supply in the kingdom.

However, the team leader at the Salvation Army's Alcohol and Drug Awareness Centre said law enforcement is only part of the solution in tackling the meth "tsunami".

Ned Cook said Tonga needs a rehabilitation centre to address harm reduction but says they need funds.

Australian man crashes van with $140 million worth of meth into parked police cars

The cars were parked - right in front of a police station.

Police say the white Toyota HiAce contained more than 270 kilograms of the drug commonly known as ice, divided into 13 boxes each with 21 one-kilogram bags. The driver, identified by police as Simon Tu, 26, took off in the Toyota after the crash but was quickly tracked down and arrested.

"This would be one of the easiest drug busts the NSW Police force has ever made," NSW Police Detective Chief Inspector Glyn Baker told media. "Incredible, absolutely incredible."

More drugs found on yacht in French Polynesia

The boat was first searched on behest of the customs department after it docked on the atoll of Apataki and 340 kilogrammes of the drug was found.

It was then transferred to Tahiti where more concealed drugs were recovered, bringing the total haul to 436 kilogrammes.

The boat had sailed from Panama and was crewed by four men - three Italians and a Peruvian.

The four are being held in Papeete and are at risk of being jailed for 30 years and incurring fines of nearly $US10 million.

Tonga police recover drugs from car crash scene

Police said a 50-year-old man from Fangaloto was heading north on Tapuvao Road when he swerved and crashed into a power pole on Monday.

The driver is in critical condition at Vaiola Hospital.

Police investigations are continuing.

     

3 in Tonga Police custody over illicit drugs

Their apprehension brings to 114 the total number of people arrested for drug-related offences in the kingdom since the launch of the Drugs Enforcement Taskforce in April 2018.

The three suspects were arrested at Hauloto yesterday (Sunday) morning.

Police seized 189 packs of cannabis (446 grams), 23 packs of methamphetamine (7.97 grams) packed ready for distribution and cash.

Two men aged 31 and 32 from Hauloto were arrested and while the search was in progress, a visitor to the address was also arrested with one pack of methamphetamine on his person.