Tonga police arrest 26 Chinese nationals for gambling

The Police Drugs Enforcement Taskforce arrested 26 Chinese nationals for playing games for money or other stakes on Sunday.

Officers seized cash of more than $89,000 thousand pa’anga and other foreign currencies in an ongoing police operation.

The 26 suspects include 17 men and 9 women between the ages of 23-year-old to 65-year-old.

Police said the arrests were made at a building at Tofoa that belongs to a 48-year-old Chinese national, where the games of mere chance was held.

Police also seized five pistol airguns and illegal cigarettes.

All suspects are in police custody while an investigation continues.



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