18 arrested in Tonga for drug-related offences over festive period

All of the accused have been charged and will appear in court at a later date.

The arrests took place in eleven different locations in Tongatapu.

Police seized cannabis, methamphetamine, $6400 pa’anga cash, 645 bullets and drug utensils.

Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Tevita Vailea said the arrests show that those who are seeking to profit from the harm these drugs cause can continue to expect to be targeted by Police.

Tonga Police seize methamphetamine, cocaine and cannabis in latest drug arrests

The Drug Enforcement Taskforce arrested a 50-year old man from Fangaloto and a 22-year-old woman from Nukunuku from their vehicles that were parked in front of a shop in town, and seized 144.98 grams of methamphetamine, 43.59 grams of cocaine and 12.76 grams of cannabis.

Following the first arrest on Tuesday the Drug Enforcement Taskforce also searched the residence of the accused at Fangaloto and seized 85.91 grams of cannabis and drug utensils.

Arrests in New Caledonia over mine attacks

Two of them have been charged, with one of them admitting to setting two fires to the conveyor belt which feeds ore to the coast for shipping to the SLN smelter in Noumea

The third suspect has been transferred to prison after he had been given a jail term of 18 months in June.

The arrests came only days after 15 trucks were destroyed in Kouaoua.

Earlier police had removed a blockade of the mining site which has been the scene of protracted disputes this year with a group opposed to expanded mining.

Woman allegedly hid meth in diaper

The Police Drug Taskforce executed three different search warrants which resulted in seizure of illicit drugs, illegal firearms and ammunition as well as cash.

On Monday, 14 May 2018 Police arrested a 34-year-old man from Lapaha with two packets of cannabis.

A search of his residence on Wednesday 16 May led Police to seizing a pistol gun, a shotgun, a rifle and 123 live ammunition.

Police arrested a 34-year-old-man from Hoi in Nuku’alofa with 0.47grams of methamphetamine on Wednesday 16 at around 10:00am

Tonga police arrest men with illicit drugs

Police executed a search warrant at the suspect’s residence in Malapo and seized 85 packs of cannabis, 4 packs of cannabis seeds, 1 bowl with cannabis leaves and 2 cannabis pot plants.

The Drug Taskforce earlier on Monday arrested a 27-year-old man from the CBD area with 1 pack of cannabis.

Acting Chief Superintendent Tevita Vailea said, “As demonstrated by this arrest by the Drug Taskforce, we are focused on capturing and prosecuting those responsible for the harm these destructive drugs cause to youths, families and our community.

Six arrests in Otara brawl involving 200 people ahead of rugby league showdown

The brawl came after days of heightened tension between Samoan and Tongan rugby league fans, ahead of their second round World Cup clash in Hamilton on Saturday.

Police say a crowd of up to 200 Samoan and Tongan fans gathered in a carpark near the Manukau Institute of Technology in Otara last night.

"It was major disorder", said Superintendent Sandra Manderson, the police national commander for major sporting events.

"Some people in the crowd were carrying poles and sticks... I believe there was also a machete taken off someone."

Tongan rugby league supporters arrested in brawl

Groups of supporters of both rival nations were out in force in the suburb of Otahuhu during the Rugby League World Cup, and when they clashed the fight was captured on video. 

It shows two groups brawling in the middle of the road as cars drive past honking their horns. 

Police confirmed the incident on Tuesday night and said the four people arrested were Tongan supporters. 

Counties Manukau West Area Commander Inspector Naila Hassan urged fans to behave responsibly. 

More arrests made over Kelekolio Tapueluelu’s assault

They have been charged with causing grievous bodily harm and conspiracy to cause bodily harm.

Kaniva News reports Tapueluelu was allegedly attacked after he told the Prime Minister that he would continue to “fakahohaʻasi” (disturb) him until he changed his mind about cancelling the hosting of the 2019 Pacific Games.

The comment was made at a press conference held by Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva last week.

The two have been released on bail to appear at the Magistrate Court on June 30th, according to Radio Tonga.

Another suspect was arrested last week.

Shots fired from rental car in Tonga

RNZ reports the men were charged with illegal possession of guns and ammunition, while a quantity of drugs suspected to be methamphetamine, were also seized.

Two of the men were bailed today and the other suspect is still in custody.

They are to appear in court again next Monday.

Chief Superintendent Tevita Fifita has called on the public to report any information on illegal drug use and gun possession.



11 charged in passports forgery

A Police spokesperson said since November last year they have arrested and charged 11 people with various offences in relation to passport forgery.

The accused included Tongan and Chinese nationals who have pending trials in Nuku'alofa.

In November last year, four Tongan nationals were charged with forgery, receiving bribery, regarding a complaint over a passport application that allegedly used a forged birth certificate. Some of the accused were employees of the Ministry of Justice.