12 arrested in series of drug busts in Tonga

12 people in Tonga have been charged with methamphetamine and cannabis-related charges after a series of raids on Tongatapu.

Nine men and three women, whose ages range between 20 and 41, are due to appear in court.

Tonga police say they've seized 20 grams of methamphetamine, 273 grams of cannabis and a range of drug utensils.

Acting commissioner Tevita Vailea described it as a significant seizure which had the potential to cause serious harm in the community.