Tonga police arrest teacher over cannabis seized at school

Police in ‘Eua have disrupted a cannabis growing operation and arrested a 42-year-old school teacher with marijuana plants.

“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.

“This is a significant result as part of the main objective of police operation is to help the community feel safe and we are hopeful the operation will have a positive effect in reducing drug related harm in the community,” Vaisuai said.

“The impact of any ongoing supply of illicit drugs on a community results in huge social harm, negative health implications and financial harm, particularly to drug users and their families.”

The suspect is in police custody while investigation continues.


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