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Police seize drugs in busts

Meth or Ice

Nuku’alofa – January 17, 2018: 9.45pm (Matangi Tonga): Drug busts by a Tonga Police Drugs Taskforce in December last year seized methamphetamine and cannabis packed ready for sale, after some arrests were made on the main street in the Nuku’alofa Central Business District of men allegedly attempting to sell the illicit drugs.

Police said that on the night of December 22, a 31-year-old man from Sopu was arrested outside one of the bars in the Central Business District.

He was allegedly attempting to sell methamphetamine and cannabis packed in three small packs each.

On December 27, around 10:00pm, the Drugs Taskforce after receiving information, arrested a 28-year-old man in possession of one gram of methamphetamine and 4.89 grams of cannabis.

He was arrested inside a vehicle parked in front of a cafe in the CBD. He too was allegedly there to try and sell the illicit drugs.

Later on December 26, a man from Vaini was arrested at a bush allotment at the liku in Malapo. He was found in possession of 175.10 grams of cannabis, packed ready for sale.

Police also seized a .22 rifle and live ammunitions.

Meanwhile, on December 28 at around 12:30am during a search warrant executed at a home in Tofoa, five men were arrested after being found in possession of 18 small packs of cannabis ready for sale.

All of the accused have been charged with possession of the illicit drugs and were released on bail pending court dates to be confirmed.

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