3 in Tonga Police custody over illicit drugs

Their apprehension brings to 114 the total number of people arrested for drug-related offences in the kingdom since the launch of the Drugs Enforcement Taskforce in April 2018.

The three suspects were arrested at Hauloto yesterday (Sunday) morning.

Police seized 189 packs of cannabis (446 grams), 23 packs of methamphetamine (7.97 grams) packed ready for distribution and cash.

Two men aged 31 and 32 from Hauloto were arrested and while the search was in progress, a visitor to the address was also arrested with one pack of methamphetamine on his person.

20 arrested in drugs, guns and ammo bust in Tonga during Christmas

Police officers from the Drugs Taskforce with assistance of sniffer dogs executed search warrants at various properties and locations in Vava’u and Tongatapu.

As a result of the investigation, called Christmas and New Year Operation, and the search warrants, people aged between 16 and 51, have been arrested.

Kaniva News reports Police seized 189.99 grams of cannabis and 2.7 grams of methamphetamine.

The Drugs Taskforce also seized two firearms, a .22 rifle and a revolver, ammunition, cash and stolen goods.

'Closely failed states' in the Pacific blamed for NZ's drug problems

Shane Jones who holds several portfolios, including forestry and infrastructure, made the remark in response to questions about the Government's Pacific reset strategy - where foreign aid is being boosted by roughly $US500-million dollars over the next four years.

"Many of the problems that we are dealing with here, with P (methamphetamine) and drugs, where do you think that is coming from folks? That is coming from closely failed states in the Pacific," Mr Jones told journalists.

Stolen Spam used like currency in Hawaii

Tina Yamaki said thefts of Spam had escalated since a recent law change on the value of stolen goods defining a crime.

She said organised criminals appeared to be involved, with entire cases of Spam taken in some of the heists.

Ms Yamaki said the cans were often then sold out of the back of cars, at swap meets and some people are using Spam as currency and bartering for drugs with it.

Norway jails top policeman for smuggling drugs

Eirik Jensen, who was responsible for combating organised crime in the capital Oslo, was arrested in 2014.

On Monday, a court found he had received at least 667,800 kroner (€71,300, £63,200) in bribes to help smuggle tonnes of hashish into Norway.

He denies the charges and plans to appeal, his lawyer said.

Jensen's 21-year sentence for corruption was the maximum permitted under the law, and a rare event in Norway.

Tongan seasonal workers plied underage girls in NZ with drugs, booze before sex

The men, part of the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme, were sent back to Tonga in disgrace earlier this year.

But the teen says the men would summons the girls - three of whom were only 15 - several times a week over a six month period.   

“We were young,” she told 1 NEWS. “We grew up not having anything. When the money came in we just went there, alcohol and drugs, whatever was there we took it.”

She says her family has been ostracised since the Tongan community found out. 

“Everyone is ashamed of what we have done because they put the blame on us.”

Marijuana leftovers sicken dog in Colorado

Patty Moore called the veterinarian after her Golden Retriever, Chance, started acting strange, she told CNN affiliate KCNC.

Moore said the 10-year-old dog couldn't stand to eat. "It was like her legs didn't work at all," she said.

Chance's vet diagnosed the dog as having ingested marijuana. The telltale signs: the animal appeared depressed, drunk or stupefied for no apparent reason.

Australian teenager Jamie Murphy arrested in Bali over drug claim

Jamie Murphy, 18, was detained at the Sky Garden nightclub at Kuta beach in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

His lawyer claimed forensic tests proved a white powder, allegedly found on Mr Murphy, was not an illegal substance.

News Corp Australia reported police now believed the powder was paracetamol.


Philippines: Gunned down with a president's blessing?

Shocking photographs published in local and international media show suspected drug dealers -- the front line on his war against drugs -- often bound hand and foot, shirts soaked in blood, their faces sometimes covered in duct tape, wearing crude signs proclaiming their alleged crimes. Murdered in the streets or in ramshackle, crowded rooms.


Tough warnings

And no one can say they weren't warned.

Nicki Minaj says mass imprisonment in war on drugs is like slavery

In a wide-ranging interview with Billboard magazine, the musician was asked about the disproportionate number of non-white people targeted by US drug enforcement policies.

"What it has become is not a war on drugs. It has become slavery. Or something crazier," Minaj said.

"When I see how many people are in jail, I feel like, 'Wait a minute. Our government is aware of these statistics and thinks it's OK?'. The sentences are inhumane.

"I love the president for trying to be a voice for people who no other person has ever tried to be a voice for."