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211 people arrested so far with drugs


Nuku’alofa – March 18, 2019: 9.30pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The Police Drug Enforcement Taskforce have arrested a total of 211 people since its launch in April 2018.

Deputy Commissioner Pelenatita Vaisuai said the Taskforce will continue to do their job and keep Tonga safe.

In a three day campaign last weekend the Police Drug Enforcement Taskforce, supported by the Tactical Response Group (TRG) and the Dog Unit, arrested 19 people with illicit drugs, ammunition and cash as part of the continuing efforts by police to disrupt the supply of illicit drugs that negatively impact our communities.

On Friday the Taskforce arrested 10 people – 9 men and one woman – with 3.96 grams of cannabis, 44 ammunition and cash.

On Saturday they arrested 7 men with 14.14 grams of cannabis, 5 ammunition and cash.

Then on Sunday a 40-year-old-man of Lapaha was arrested at Ngele’ia with 21 pack of methamphetamine (14.06 grams), and a 32-year-old-man of Vaini was arrested with 1.17 grams of cannabis.

All suspects are in police custody while investigation continues.

Deputy Commissioner Vaisuai says that Police are committed to disrupt and detect the supply of drugs and hold those responsible to account.

“Police, Partner Agencies and Community together will win this war against drugs and safeguard our children and the future of Tonga from its ill effects,” DC of Police Vaisuai said.

“We encourage anyone who may have information about drug related offending to contact their nearest Police station, or ring 23417 or 922.”


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