Nine men arrested in latest drug bust in Tonga

The Drug Enforcement Taskforce arrested nine men from 3 different locations in Tongatapu last weekend over illicit drugs and live bullets in an ongoing police drugs operation.

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.

All accused persons have been charged accordingly with unlawful possession of illicit drugs and live bullets, and are in police custody to appear in Court at a later date.

“Police are concerned with the significant amount of ammunition that have been smuggled into the country and the risks they pose to community safety. We therefore urge members of the public to come forward with any information that will help with police investigation,” says DPC Vaisuai.

“Police will continue to work closely with the community to prevent the harm illicit drugs cause and the ongoing criminal activity associated with their use.

We encourage anyone who may have information about drug related offending to contact their nearest Police station, or ring 23417 or 922.”



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