illicit drugs

Tonga Police arrest 10 people for possession of illicit drugs

The arrests took place between the 25 October and 13 November 2020 in five different locations in Tongatapu as part of an ongoing operation targeting drug dealers and suppliers.

Police also seized 5.86 grams of methamphetamine, 2.92 grams of cannabis, 3 $50 pa’anga counterfeit money, over $1,900 in cash and drug utensils.

The ten accused, nine men and one woman between the ages of 23 and 52 will appear at the Magistrate Court later this week.

Tongan couple arrested over illicit drugs

The Police Drug Enforcement Taskforce arrested the couple from their residence at Sopu on Thursday in an on-going drug operation targeting drug dealers and suppliers.

The two accused, a 37-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman were arrested with 22.70 grams of cannabis, 31 packs of methamphetamine ready for distribution (10.66 grams) and drug utensils.

 “Police, Partner Agencies and Community together will win this war against drugs and safeguard our children and the future of Tonga from its ill effects,” said Acting/Deputy Commissioner Tevita Vailea.

 

Three men arrested in Tonga with illicit drugs

Police arrested a 46-year-old man from Kolonga and a 46-year-old man from Hala’ovave and seized 48.46 grams of methamphetamine (24 packs ready to distribute), 40.05 grams of cannabis and drug utensils on Monday.

Following this arrest, the Drug Taskforce arrested a 30-year-old man from Kolomotu’a and seized two packs of methamphetamine (0.68 grams) and drug utensils from his vehicle.

The accused have been charged accordingly with possession of illicit drugs and are remanded in police custody to appear at the Magistrate Court later this week.

Two arrested in Tonga Police crackdown on illicit drugs

A 51-year-old man from Tokomololo was apprehended at the Bypass Road last Saturday, 11 July.

Police seized 25.9 grams of methamphetamine, $16,000.00 pa’anga in cash and drug utensils from the suspect’s vehicle.

The Police Drug Taskforce also arrested a 28-year-old woman from Mataika and seized one pack of methamphetamine (0.59 grams), $100 pa’anga cash and drug utensils from her vehicle.

Both accused have been charged accordingly with possession of illicit drugs and they are expected to appear at the Magistrate Court later this week.

Cash, methamphetamine seized in Tonga drug raid

Police confiscated illicit drugs, cash and drug utensils from the suspect’s house on Tuesday last week.

Officers of the Drug Enforcement Taskforce also seized 26.76 grams of methamphetamine and over $1,500.00 pa’anga in cash during the Police operation.

The man has been charged with possession of illicit drugs and has been remanded in custody to appear in the Magistrates Court at a later date.

A/DPC Tevita Vailea said Police is committed to disrupt and detect the supply of drugs and hold those responsible to account.

Twelve people arrested with methamphetamine and cannabis in Tonga

The Tonga Police Drug Enforcement Taskforce said the arrests were made in the last week from nine  different locations in Tongatapu.

Nine men and three women were arrested and 20.88 grams of methamphetamine, 272.96 grams of cannabis and drug utensils were seized by police.

Tonga Police seize methamphetamine, firearm and bullets

Officers seized 4 packs of methamphetamine, one .22 rifle that was loaded, 53 live bullets and drug utensils during the arrest on Wednesday, 30 October 2019.

The accused was apprehended while driving a vehicle with two different licence plates, during an on-going drug operation by the Police Drug Enforcement Taskforce targeting drug dealers who sell drugs from vehicles.

A search of his residence at Nakolo also resulted in the seizure of 9.77 grams of cannabis.

Police have charged the accused with the unlawful possession of illicit drugs, firearm and ammunition.

Tonga police arrest 8 people for drug-related offences

 Five packs of methamphetamine, drugs paraphernalia, live bullets and cash were recovered from two different locations in ongoing drug operation.

On Monday evening, officers from the Police Drug Enforcement Taskforce arrested five men and two women from a residence in Kolomotu’a.

The officers seized four packs of methamphetamine, drugs paraphernalia, cash and 17 live bullets.

The seven arrested range from the age of 22 to 48 from Kolomotu’a, Kolofo’ou, Tokomololo and Havelu.

Tonga police arrest teacher over cannabis seized at school

“Police located 51 cannabis plants growing inside and outside the ‘Eua High School compound,” said Deputy Commissioner Pelenatita Vaisuai.

The suspect from Tufuvai was arrested by Police as he was watering the plants.

Thirty-three cannabis plants were seized from inside the school compound, and 18 plants were seized from an area immediately outside of the school compound.

Shift in policing tactics likely in Tonga drug policy

The government is developing a five-year national policy of illicit drugs with input from the community and the Pacific Islands Forum, a draft of which is likely to be released next month.

Superindendent Ashley Fua said there's support for moving from a reactive stance to putting more resources into prevention and rehabilitation.

He said the police would still maintain a zero tolerance on drug dealing, but there are better pathways for addicts.

"What's coming out of discussions is options to explore a diversion programme for users," he said.