Drug-related offences

15 arrested in Tonga police crackdown on illicit drugs

The raids were conducted between Monday, 24 May and Monday, 31 May by the Drug Enforcement Team in Kolofo’ou, Ha’ateiho, Tofoa, and Ma’ufanga.

Police also seized 4.69 grams of methamphetamine, drug utensils, electronic devices, and cash.

Among those arrested were 13 males and 2 females aged 22 to 46 years old.

Criminal charges have been laid including for unlawful possession of illicit drugs, destruction of evidence and for resisting arrest.

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.