7 people sentenced

7 sent to jail in Tonga over cocaine haul

An eighth defendant has been given a suspended sentence.

RNZ Pacific reports the estimated 36kgs of cocaine washed ashore could be worth close to $US8.2 million based on Australian market values.

Not all of it was recovered.

The eight accused were sentenced via video link last month on charges including the supply and possession of the illegal substance.

The sentences ranged from the suspended sentence, to three years' imprisonment, to 13 and half years behind bars with the last two years suspended for two years with conditions.


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The six-year sentence was given to the leader of the network, Manava Akau, whose hip hop group, All In One, made the 2018 semi-final of France's high-profile televised talent show.

Akau is also implicated in a separate case, which is yet to go to court, over the seizure two months ago of $US50 million worth of methamphetamine on the first cruise ship to arrive from the United States since 2020.