methamphetamine

Growing meth use in Tonga pulls in youth

According to police statistics, among those arrested recently for drug use, the youngest is a 13-year-old, while the oldest is aged 67.

Police say 263 people arrested in the past few months are awaiting trial, confirming a problem that has been steadily spreading through grassroots communities.

One community leader from the Kolomotu'a township of Nuku'alofa said he knew of several teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16 who are drug users in his neighborhood.

One high profile drug case ends in Tonga while another begins

Tiuke Mahoni of Ma'ufanga had been charged with possession of methamphetamine and cannabis, as well as attempting to distribute them.

But according to a plea from prosecutors, which was also endorsed by outgoing Attorney General 'Aminiasi Kefu, the 55-year-old is too ill to stand trial.

Justice Charles Cato dismissed the case and Mr Mahoni has returned to the United States to continue treatment.

Meanwhile, two high ranking Customs officials have been arrested on drugs charges and are awaiting trial.

US women buy a box of Lego, find meth inside

The women, who were on a shopping trip in Charleston, South Carolina, returned home to Statesboro, Georgia, and gave the Lego to a young child. 

They realised something was seriously wrong when the child opened the box and found a package of meth instead of Lego.

The quantity of methamphetamine had an estimated street value of US$40,000 (NZ$60,790). Although the women were unaware of the concealment, they had unwittingly committed a felony by transporting the disguised drug.

Woman allegedly hid meth in diaper

The Police Drug Taskforce executed three different search warrants which resulted in seizure of illicit drugs, illegal firearms and ammunition as well as cash.

On Monday, 14 May 2018 Police arrested a 34-year-old man from Lapaha with two packets of cannabis.

A search of his residence on Wednesday 16 May led Police to seizing a pistol gun, a shotgun, a rifle and 123 live ammunition.

Police arrested a 34-year-old-man from Hoi in Nuku’alofa with 0.47grams of methamphetamine on Wednesday 16 at around 10:00am

Rugby player suspended after testing positive for meth

Aroha Nuku failed a routine drug test last September, after playing for the Cyclones in their Round four match of the Farah Palmer Cup.

The test found traces of methamphetamine and dextroamphetamine.

According to Drug Free Sport NZ, on the night she was tested Ms Nuku declared the use of supplements and hay fever tablets.

However, she later admitted to also taking what she thought was ritalin in powder form during a drive between Palmerston North and Hawera earlier in the week.

Tonga police arrest 2 men for meth and cannabis

The methamphetamine was allegedly concealed in a shipment from the United States of America.

Police intercepted and arrested a 39-year-old man, who was allegedly in possession of 297 grams of methamphetamine on Tuesday.

Police also arrested on the same day a 31-year-old man connected to this case.

He was arrested with 30.4grams of cannabis allegedly on his person, packed for sale.