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.

20 arrested in drugs, guns and ammo bust in Tonga during Christmas

Police officers from the Drugs Taskforce with assistance of sniffer dogs executed search warrants at various properties and locations in Vava’u and Tongatapu.

As a result of the investigation, called Christmas and New Year Operation, and the search warrants, people aged between 16 and 51, have been arrested.

Kaniva News reports Police seized 189.99 grams of cannabis and 2.7 grams of methamphetamine.

The Drugs Taskforce also seized two firearms, a .22 rifle and a revolver, ammunition, cash and stolen goods.

'Closely failed states' in the Pacific blamed for NZ's drug problems

Shane Jones who holds several portfolios, including forestry and infrastructure, made the remark in response to questions about the Government's Pacific reset strategy - where foreign aid is being boosted by roughly $US500-million dollars over the next four years.

"Many of the problems that we are dealing with here, with P (methamphetamine) and drugs, where do you think that is coming from folks? That is coming from closely failed states in the Pacific," Mr Jones told journalists.

Stolen Spam used like currency in Hawaii

Tina Yamaki said thefts of Spam had escalated since a recent law change on the value of stolen goods defining a crime.

She said organised criminals appeared to be involved, with entire cases of Spam taken in some of the heists.

Ms Yamaki said the cans were often then sold out of the back of cars, at swap meets and some people are using Spam as currency and bartering for drugs with it.

Norway jails top policeman for smuggling drugs

Eirik Jensen, who was responsible for combating organised crime in the capital Oslo, was arrested in 2014.

On Monday, a court found he had received at least 667,800 kroner (€71,300, £63,200) in bribes to help smuggle tonnes of hashish into Norway.

He denies the charges and plans to appeal, his lawyer said.

Jensen's 21-year sentence for corruption was the maximum permitted under the law, and a rare event in Norway.

Tongan seasonal workers plied underage girls in NZ with drugs, booze before sex

The men, part of the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme, were sent back to Tonga in disgrace earlier this year.

But the teen says the men would summons the girls - three of whom were only 15 - several times a week over a six month period.   

“We were young,” she told 1 NEWS. “We grew up not having anything. When the money came in we just went there, alcohol and drugs, whatever was there we took it.”

She says her family has been ostracised since the Tongan community found out. 

“Everyone is ashamed of what we have done because they put the blame on us.”