“458 cannabis plants seized in ‘Eua”

MEDIA RELEASE

Thursday 17th November 2016

Tonga Police executed two search warrants in ‘Eua yesterday (16 November 2016) and one on Tuesday 15 November which resulted in the uprooting of 458 illegal cannabis plants with an estimated street value at around two hundred thousand pa’anga (TOP$200,000).

Chief Superintendent Tevita Fifita said “This Operation resulted from a member of the public reporting the sound of a gunshot in a bush allotment in ‘Ohonua on Tuesday morning 15 November. 11 staff from the Tactical Response Unit and the Police Drug Squad from Nuku’alofa were deployed to ‘Eua on Tuesday afternoon, to assist with the ‘Eua Police in conducting this Operation.”

Two men have been arrested, one has been charged with possession of illicit drugs and one with possession without a licence of firearms, a .22 rifle.

“Tonga Police are committed to disrupting the supply of drugs and preventing the harm this illegal activity supports. It only takes one call to Police to stop crime and the availability of drugs in your community,” said Chief Superintendent Tevita Fifita.

No one was hurt or reported injured as a result of the gunshot.

The operation is on-going and further updates will be provided as and when there are confirmed developments.

-ENDS-

Issued by the: Tonga Police Media & Communication Officer, Tonga Police Headquarters, Longolongo, (676) 23 318, (676) 23 323 Fax: (676) 23 036; for media enquiries – Email: siaadams@police.gov.to or siaadams@gmail.com

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