Tonga Police seize methamphetamine, firearm and bullets

Police have arrested a 30-year-old man of Nakolo in Tongatapu in the latest crackdown on illicit drugs.

Officers seized 4 packs of methamphetamine, one .22 rifle that was loaded, 53 live bullets and drug utensils during the arrest on Wednesday, 30 October 2019.

The accused was apprehended while driving a vehicle with two different licence plates, during an on-going drug operation by the Police Drug Enforcement Taskforce targeting drug dealers who sell drugs from vehicles.

A search of his residence at Nakolo also resulted in the seizure of 9.77 grams of cannabis.

Police have charged the accused with the unlawful possession of illicit drugs, firearm and ammunition.

Following this arrest the Drug Taskforce also arrested and charged a 29-year-old man from Nakolo for unlawful possession of 1.00 gram of cannabis, and one live bullet.

Both accused are in police custody while investigation continues.

Tonga Police say they are committed to disrupting the supply of drugs and preventing the harm this illegal trade supports.