Drug case

Tonga Supreme Court finds man not guilty on drug charge

Talikivaha Palei Posoni was charged with possessing the drug at Te’ekiu on 22 March, 2019.

Kaniva News reports Police raided Posoni’s house after being told by an informer that he was dealing drugs.

The search was carried out without a search warrant.

A bag containing a white substance and a pipe were found hidden in a hole in the wall.

Officer Taufa, who took part in the raid, described the substance as 24.54 grams of methamphetamine.

The substance was later sent to New Zealand for testing.

Tonga Supreme Court suspends final year of drug sentence after accused makes late guilty plea

Ta’ufo’ou was sentenced to two years and three months for possession.

He was arrested on March 17, 2017, after being found in possession of a substantial amount of cannabis, totalling 635.54 grams.

This comprised one bag containing cannabis found on the front lawn, one cannabis branch with leaves found in the living room and one bag with cannabis seeds found in the first bedroom.

Kaniva News reports Police also found three bundles of cannabis plant branches found in the ceiling and four cannabis branches found in the ceiling.

3 to appear in Tonga court in drug-related case

The three suspects were arrested in a drug raid at a home last Wednesday.

Tonga’s Police Drugs Enforcement Taskforce executed a search warrant at a residence in Ngele’ia where they arrested the suspects with 100 packets of cannabis ready for distribution.

The suspects are a 31-year-old man from Ngele’ia, a 22-year-old man from Ngele’ia and an 18-year-old woman from Fahefa.

Police Dogs were also deployed during the search on Wednesday, 21 November.

Jailed DHL heir allowed to leave Palau

Hillbroom was arrested and given a five-year sentence in Palau in July after he failed a drugs test imposed as part of a methamphetamine trafficking sentence.

AFP reports prosecutors asked for a 30-year sentence but Hillbroom was allowed to seek treatment overseas because of his wealth.

Associate Justice Lourdes Materne said the 30-year term would stand if he did not complete the rehabilitation programme or failed another drug test after returning to Palau.