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Tonga Police arrest suspect during drug raid

The suspect from Te’ekiu was arrested on 25 March.

Police confiscated 49 packs of methamphetamine which is equivalent to 4.31g,  TOP $1500 cash and drug utensils.

“Although we are in the midst of difficult times with the widespread Covid-19 pandemic, the Drugs Enforcement Taskforce continues its work to bring before the courts those who are involved in distributing and selling illicit drugs which is affecting our people and communities,” said Detective Acting Deputy Commissioner Halatoa Taufa.    

The suspect remains in custody as investigations continue.


More arrests in Tonga cocaine case

Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Halatoa Taufa told local media four male adults from Ha'alaufuli have recently been arrested in Vava'u.

Matangi Tonga reports they remain in police custody and have been charged with engaging with others in the supply of illicit drugs.

It's estimated 14 kilograms of cocaine have been seized in the outer island with an estimated street value of more than $2.1 million USD.

Last month the first cocaine packets washed up on Vava'u beaches and were handed to Tonga police prompting a extensive search operation.

Tonga Police continue investigations into cocaine haul

12 people have been charged over a haul of more than 14 kilogrammes of cocaine, with an estimated street value of over 2.2 million US dollars, found on beaches in Vava'u

Police said the first packets of cocaine were handed over to officers in July, after being washed up on Vava'u beaches triggering a large search operation, on the outer island.

Police arrested a number of locals in relation to the find and they remain in police custody.

Matangi Tonga reported their cases are also expected to be called on August 17th, at the lower court.

11 year old boy among 8 arrested by Tonga Police over illicit drugs

Police said the boy was caught with a utensil for smoking drugs during a raid at a residence in Pahu.

The boy and other suspects were arrested from four different locations on Tongatapu between Monday, 28 June 2021 and Wednesday, 14 July 2021.

7 suspects are in their early twenties to mid-thirties.

Police seized 153 cannabis plants uprooted from a bush allotment at Vaini, 15.93 grams of methamphetamine, and over $8,000 pa’anga.

Dark web drugs raid leads to 179 arrests

Some 179 people were arrested across Europe and the US, and 500kg (1,102lb) of drugs and 64 guns confiscated.

It ends the "golden age" of these underground marketplaces, Europol said.

"The hidden internet is no longer hidden", said Edvardas Sileris, head of Europol's cyber-crime centre.

The operation, known as DisrupTor, was a joint effort between the Department of Justice and Europol. It is believed that the criminals engaged in tens of thousands of sales of illicit goods and services across the US and Europe.


Two men arrested with methamphetamine in Tonga

On Thursday, 30h July 2020, the Drug Taskforce arrested a 31-year-old man from Hauloto and a 30-year-old man from Ma’ufanga at Vuna Road and seized 7 packs of methamphetamine (3.22 grams) and drug utensils.

The 31-year-old accused is a suspended police officer.

Both accused are in police custody while investigation continues.


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Tongan police officer arrested following drug raid

The suspects were arrested during a drug at a home in Ngele’ia.

The Police Drug Taskforce seized 8.32 grams of methamphetamine, 1.32 grams of cannabis seeds, cash, electronic devices and a live bullet during the raid.

The police officer who was off-duty has now been suspended from work.

Magistrate Salesi Mafi has ordered all 5 suspects to be remanded in police custody until Friday, 17 August 2018.

Police investigation continues.


Guam prison officers arrested in police drug raid

The Guam Daily Post reported a Department of Corrections lieutenant and three corrections officers were amoung five government workers arrested in several raids this morning.

A Department of Public Works officer was also among those arrested and a fifth corrections officer was being held in custody while investigations continued.

The officials have been charged with offences including bribery, official misconduct and conspiracy to promote prison contraband.