Cops seize $297,000 Pa’anga worth of methamphetamine
NUKU’ALOFA-April 19, 2018: 8.40pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Police this week seized $297,000 Pa’anga worth of methamphetamine and cannabis here in Nuku’alofa.
Acting Chief Superintendent of Police Tevita Vailea confirmed the seizure, following the setting up of a new Police Drug Taskforce.
ACP Vailea said Tonga Police arrested two men on Tuesday, April 17 in relation to the supply of the illicit drugs methamphetamine and cannabis.
He said the methamphetamine was concealed in a shipment from the United States of America.
Police intercepted and arrested a 39-year-old man who was in possession of 297 grams of methamphetamine.
They also arrested a 31-year-old man on the same day.
He was arrested with 30.4grams of cannabis, packed for sale.
“This type of criminal activity causes significant harm to our youths and community,” ACP Vailea said.
“Methamphetamine is a destructive drug that destroys lives and impacts families. We are saving lives by removing these drugs from our streets.
“Police are vigilant and committed to the ongoing targeting of this type of offending. It’s important to remember that these people supplying drugs to our community put profit above all else and do not consider the health and wellbeing of users and its negative impact on our society.”
He said Police will continue to work with the community to prevent the harm illicit drugs cause and the ongoing criminal activity associated with their use.
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