Tonga Police said they arrested three men and a woman after finding them with more than 100 marijuana seeds in ʻUmusī last week.

A 48-year-old man from Umisi, 31 and 49 year-old men from Houmakeilikao and a 31-year-old woman from Pahu were all similarly charged with possession of illegal drugs.

Police reportedly said more than 60 criminals Police had arrested and charged this year with drugs related offences.

The arrest comes after Prime Minister ʻAkilisi Pōhiva told Parliament recently that drug use was becoming more widespread in the kingdom.

As Kaniva News reported, more than 200 cannabis plants and 16,000 marijuana seeds were seized by Police in ‘Eua in April.

It followed with callers claiming on a radio talkback show that ʻEua was the biggest point for the supply of cannabis plants in the kingdom.

A woman told the Tonga Broadcasting Broadcom talkback show the cultivation of cannabis in ‘Eua was widespread.