Tonga police

Man arrested in relation to sexual assault of child

The incident allegedly took place on Friday, 2 August.

The suspect is a 20-year-old man residing in Nukunuku.

He was arrested on Saturday and charged with kidnapping and sexual assault.

The suspect has been remanded in police custody to appear in court later this week.

     

Growing meth use in Tonga pulls in youth

According to police statistics, among those arrested recently for drug use, the youngest is a 13-year-old, while the oldest is aged 67.

Police say 263 people arrested in the past few months are awaiting trial, confirming a problem that has been steadily spreading through grassroots communities.

One community leader from the Kolomotu'a township of Nuku'alofa said he knew of several teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16 who are drug users in his neighborhood.

New Zealand extends support to Tonga Police

“New Zealand is committed to confronting the scourge of criminal gangs and organised crime that cause harm to our communities. It is vital that New Zealand works with all countries in the Pacific to secure the safety of our neighbourhood,” Mr Peters said.

The announcement was made Monday during a visit by Tonga Minister of Police, Mateni Tapueluelu.

New Zealand, Tonga and Australia will jointly fund the programme which will see NZ Police officers seconded into Tonga Police to provide training and technical assistance.

Tonga police arrest teacher over cannabis seized at school

“Police located 51 cannabis plants growing inside and outside the ‘Eua High School compound,” said Deputy Commissioner Pelenatita Vaisuai.

The suspect from Tufuvai was arrested by Police as he was watering the plants.

Thirty-three cannabis plants were seized from inside the school compound, and 18 plants were seized from an area immediately outside of the school compound.

Tonga police arrest man over shooting incident in Nukunuku

A 22-year-old man from Fua’amotu is at Vaiola hospital with injury sustained from a gunshot wound to his stomach during an altercation with the suspect.

Police also seized a .22 rifle from the suspect.

The suspect is in police custody while an investigation continues.

 

     

Tonga customs officer in court over drug smuggling

Matangi Tonga reports 59-year-old Paula Naitoko is facing nine charges for engaging with others to import illicit drugs, and for aiding and abetting the importation of illegal firearms and ammunition.

Tonga Police reported its Drug Enforcement Taskforce seized drugs with a street value of more than $US2.5 million dollars.

The haul included methamphetamine, cannabis and cannabis oil, allegedly smuggled into Tonga from the United States.

     

Tonga police seize over 500 live bullets, firearm in drug raids

The suspects are a 33-year-old man of Tofoa, a 40-year-old man of Fua’amotu, a 23-year-old woman of Kolofo’ou and a 33-year-old man of Vaini.

On Tuesday, 30 April 2019 the Drug Enforcement Taskforce arrested the suspects from three different locations.

Police confiscated a total of 228.82 grams of cannabis, a .22 rifle and 587 live bullets in the raids.

All four suspects have been charged accordingly for possession of illicit drugs and for possession of firearm and ammunition without license. They are remanded in police custody to appear in court at a later date.

Tonga police open to cooperation post Christchurch attacks

Following the renewal of Tonga's membership of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), the commissioner Stephen Caldwell said it would help Tonga meet the threat of cross border crime, including drug trafficking.

Tonga rejoined INTERPOL in November last year after a 12-year hiatus from the organisation.

In a statement, Mr Caldwell said crime was becoming more complex and Tongan police needed to strengthen cooperation with other agencies.

"We need to share information quickly, and we need to make the world a smaller place for criminals," he said.

Man arrested over TOP$460,000 meth bust in Tonga

The Police Drugs Enforcement Taskforce executed a search warrant at the 41-year-old suspect’s residence in Kanokupolu early Wednesday morning yesterday.

Police officers seized 464 grams of methamphetamine.

Police Dogs were also deployed during the search.

 “As demonstrated by this arrest, we continue to focus on capturing and prosecuting those responsible for the supply of these destructive drugs that cause harm to our youths, families and our community,” said the Commander of the Central Police Station A/CSP Tevita Vailea.

Spotlight on gender bias in Tongan police force

Superintendent Ashley Fua says the Women and Children Crisis Centre helped run a workshop for 28 recruits addressing core questions of fairness, equity and equality and how they treat women.

He said an earlier session revealed gender bias was also hindering the performance of officers in the field.

Mr Fua said the training helped the recruits examine their own attitudes.

"It is quite a reflective session, it asks very hard questions because you're really looking at your Tongan culture and how society looks at women and men.