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TOP$30 million of cocaine seized by Police

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26th June, 2018 Police have seized 58 kilograms of cocaine with an approximate street value of TOP$30 million pa’anga (AUD$20 million) from an operation commencing on the 8th of June in the Ha’apai Group of Islands.

At this stage, two local men, aged 26 and 28, have been arrested and are in police custody in relation to the seizure of the illicit drugs.

“We will protect our borders and people with everything that it takes,” says Commissioner Caldwell.

This is a highly significant seizure, which sends a clear message that Police, along with partner agencies will continue to work together to disrupt the supply of illicit drugs.

Commissioner Caldwell emphasizes that the fight against drugs is a challenge for the country and not just the Police. “We need to protect our youth from these criminals who are destroying their future by addicting them to drugs.”

Police wish to thank the public for their support as well as the assistance from His Majesty’s Navy during this Operation. Commissioner Caldwell also commended the outstanding work of his police officers during this Operation.

Those with any information on drug-related offending or suspicious activities are encouraged to speak in confidence to an officer at their local Police station, or contact 23417 or 25147.

As the case is before the Courts no further information will be released.

ENDS

For further media inquiries please contact: Tonga Police Media & Communication Officer, Tonga Police Headquarters, Longolongo; – Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it phone (676) 23 323 EXT. 125

 

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