Tonga police seize over 500 live bullets, firearm in drug raids

Three men and a woman are in custody after police seized illicit drugs, firearm, ammunition and cash during drug raids in Tonga.

The suspects are a 33-year-old man of Tofoa, a 40-year-old man of Fua’amotu, a 23-year-old woman of Kolofo’ou and a 33-year-old man of Vaini.

On Tuesday, 30 April 2019 the Drug Enforcement Taskforce arrested the suspects from three different locations.

Police confiscated a total of 228.82 grams of cannabis, a .22 rifle and 587 live bullets in the raids.

All four suspects have been charged accordingly for possession of illicit drugs and for possession of firearm and ammunition without license. They are remanded in police custody to appear in court at a later date.

Police said they are concerned with the significant amount of firearms and ammunition that have been smuggled into the country and the risks they pose to community safety.

“We, therefore, urge members of the public to come forward with any information that will help with police investigations,” police said in a statement.


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