Tonga police

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.

Tonga police pleased with drop in recorded crime

Stephen Caldwell said he was happy with the significant reduction as it meant there had also been a corresponding reduction in the victims of crime.

In the year ending November, there were 2054 less offences reported than in 2016.

The capital of Nuku'alofa accounts for 70 percent of the nation's crime, but there was an 18 percent drop there.

Arrests following burglary at hotel in Tonga

A third suspect, a 48-year-old man from Kolomotu’a was also arrested from a house at a bush allotment in Lomaiviti, where Police found the stolen laptop and flash drives as well as 4 cannabis plants.

The stolen laptop and flash drives contain critical information and data belonging to a team of medical experts from Australia who are in Nuku'alofa to conduct heart surgery for the next two weeks.

Tonga Police benefits from Pacific Island Crime Prevention workshop

The workshop was hosted by New Zealand Police and supported by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Australian Federal Police.

The focus of the workshop was on crime prevention methods, crime science, problem oriented policing, family harm and mental health.

Tonga Police (District One, Nuku’alofa) have started operating this model of policing with the support of the New Zealand and Australian funded Tonga Police Development Programme.

Changes have also been implemented to rosters, intelligence gathering, deployment and tasking.

9 Tonga Police officers on suspension

Six were suspended in relation to criminal matters and three in relation to disciplinary matters. 

Six of the police officers suspended are senior constables; two probation constables and one senior officer.

“I have set standards and expect them to be met. The public rightly expect the highest levels of professionalism and ethical behaviour from their Police. There is absolutely zero tolerance for unlawful and ill-disciplined behavior. Every police officer is accountable to the law, not above it,” said Police Commissioner Stephen Caldwell.

Tonga Police release names of men arrested for meth possession

Tevita Soakai and Maʻati Lino were arrested at a home in Kolomotuʻa with 3.86 grams of methamphetamine also known as ice.

Lino, 45, of Nukunuku, was arrested after he was found with one 40gram pack of methamphetamine.

Soakai, 35, from Kolomotu’a was arrested in possession of six packs of methamphetamine weighing 3.46 grams.

Police have charged them with possession of the illicit drug.

The duo have been released on bail.