Cocaine

Cocaine and rifle seized in Vava'u

Another man was arrested with a .22 long rifle and ammunition in Longomapu.

 

Both suspects remain in police custody, after Tonga Police Drug Enforcement Taskforce arrested them as part of ongoing drug operations.

 

Acting Deputy Commissioner Detective Halatoa Taufa said that the 49-year-old  from Ta'anea was arrested with the cocaine on Sunday, 14 November.

 

Another 38-year-old man was arrested with one .22 long rifle and more than 700 x .22 ammunition, during a police raid on Tuesday, 23 November at a residence in Longomapu.

 

Canadian national gets hefty jail time in Fiji for possessing 39.5 kg cocaine

Joshua Aziz Rahman was arrested after Police found 39 bars of cocaine weighing a total of 39.5 kg in a house rented by Rahman and his father in Caubati, Suva in February 2019.

Justice Daniel Goundar said Rahman had the option to live a good and decent life but he chose a life of crime.

He said rehabilitation is of little value when the offender does not take responsibility for his crime.

Fijivillage reports Rahman was not present in court today.

He appeared via a zoom link from the Remand Centre.

A non-parole period of 14 years has been set.

 

Kiribati police find cocaine and marijuana packages

A report from KPS said that as illicit drugs are already in the country, people particularly youths, are probably using it.

KPS said the pure cocaine package, weighed 1.5kg while the other package containing marijuana weighed more than 3kg.

The drugs are being kept at the Kiribati Police Headquarters in Betio.

Police have called on the public to report information related to suspected drug use and possession.

Massive amount of cocaine washes up on an Auckland beach

Police officers have been sweeping Bethells Beach since Wednesday night and have uncovered 19 packages filled with the drug.

"It is believed the amount found would have a street value of approximately $3 million dollars," Detective Inspector Colin Parmenter said.

"Police with the assistance of NZ Customs have conducted a thorough search of the beach and surrounding areas in an effort to locate any further packages.

He said more packages could show up on the beach and anyone who finds anything suspicious should contact police as soon as possible.

     

Death of teacher who swallowed bag of cocaine 'accidental'

Victoria Buchanan is thought to have ingested the drug after realising it was in her possession while waiting to fly home to Dubai in March last year.

Moments later she collapsed and was taken to hospital where she died.

Assistant coroner Andrew Bridge concluded her death was by misadventure.

Mrs Buchanan, 42, originally from Kilmarnock, Scotland, had moved to Dubai in 2010 and worked as a teacher in the United Arab Emirates, Manchester Coroner's Court heard.

Australian drug smuggler jailed for 23 years in Fiji

He and wife Yvette were arrested after Fijian authorities discovered more than $US14 million dollars’ worth of drugs, along with two guns, on their vessel, Shenanigans, as it arrived in Port Denarau in June.

While Ms Nikolic was acquitted on all charges, Mr Nikolic was last week found guilty of drug importation, possession, and failure to declare arms and ammunitions to a customs officer following a trial at the High Court in Suva.

Fiji Village reports that Justice Daniel Goundar on Friday handed down a sentence of 23 years' jail with no parole for 18 years.

     

Colombia cocaine production acreage at 'record level'

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said the acreage under coca cultivation rose to 171,000 hectares in 2017, a 17% increase from 2016.

The agency warned production could harm recent peace-building efforts.

Colombia is the world's largest producer of cocaine, much of which ends up in the US - which is the world's largest consumer.

Gloria María Borrero Restrepo, Colombia's justice minister, reportedly called the data "really very worrying".

US woman jailed for smuggling cocaine in high heels

Denise Marie Woodrum, 51, was arrested at Sydney Airport last year after border officials found cocaine stuffed inside high heels and other belongings in her luggage.

In January, she pleaded guilty to the illegal import but told the court she was a victim of an online romance scam.

A judge found she had willingly participated in the operation.

On Thursday, the New South Wales District Court sentenced Woodrum, from Missouri, to a maximum of seven-and-a-half years in jail.

Language glitch imperils Tahiti cocaine trial

Media reports say upon arrest last year the three men - two Dutchmen and a Pole - were not given advice on how to challenge the search of their yacht in their native languages.

The lawyers say failing to have done so nullifies the case.

However, according to Radio1 the prosecution claimed that customs staff could search any docked vessel and any challenge could only be filed within 72 hours.

A decision is expected in three weeks.

The three suspects claimed they didn't know about the cocaine on their yacht when they were caught in the Marquesas Islands.

Two arrested after Tonga cocaine bust

In a statement Tonga police said two local men, aged 26 and 28, had been arrested and were in police custody following the drug seizure.

Police Commissioner Stephen Caldwell said police would protect the country's borders and its people with everything that it takes.

Mr Caldwell said the fight against drugs was a challenge for the whole country - not just police.

He said Tonga's youth need to be protected from these criminals who are destroying their futures by addicting them to drugs.