Trio arrested with TOP$16million worth of meth seized in two raids in Tonga

Police have seized more than 17kg of methamphetamine (US$7million or TOP$16 million in street value) altogether at Vainī and Fasimoeafi in two separate raids last week and this week.

Nuku’alofa Central Police Station. Photo/Kalino Lātū

In a statement released today,  the Police said its Drugs Squad conducted an operation at Vaini, where they seized over 12kg of methamphetamine on April 5.

A 30-year-old male individual from Vaini has been arrested and charged with the possession of the methamphetamine seized.

It also said that on Monday 8 April 2024, the Police received a report of a suspicious package hidden at a residence.

“As a result of the information received, members of the Tonga Police Drugs Squad conducted an operation at Fasi-moe-afi, where they secured and seized over 5kg of methamphetamine”.

 A 43-year-old male from Kolonga and a 47-year-old male from Fasi-moe-afi have been arrested and charged with the possession of the methamphetamine seized.

“Tonga Police would like to encourage and thank members of the public for the ongoing support in combatting illicit drugs”.

The news comes after Tonga Police arrested a sister and a brother  with more than 15kg of methamphetamine (over US$6 million in street value) in February in Nuku’alofa.

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