Gunshot fired from car, charges laid after seizure of firearms and drug

Tongan Police investigating a Saturday morning shooting had charged three men for illegal possession of firearms and drugs.

The charges were made after a gun was allegedly fired from a rental car in Havelu at about 3am, Police said.

Police were working on a tip off after they received complaints gunshots were fired from the car.

An on-duty Police officer was patrolling the area when he spotted the car and had followed it along Tāufaʻāhau Road.

A Police statement said: “The suspects’ vehicle was stopped at Havelu opposite ‘Api Mataka where Police Officers seized a .22 rifle, 31 .22 live ammunition, 5 ammunition shells and 24.41 gram of illicit drugs suspected to be methamphetamine, from inside the vehicle.

“They have all been charged with possession of an illegal firearm and illicit drugs.

“Two of the suspects have been bailed out today while one suspect is still in Police Custody. They will all appear at the Magistrate Court on Monday 14th November 2016.

“Chief Superintendent Tevita Fifita says that the quick and timely response by Police have helped in ensuring public safety, and its great further drugs and firearm have been removed from our community where they may cause harm to others”.

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