Man caught with cash taped to his body in $100,000 Fua‘amotu smuggling attempt

Puke 'e he kau Polisi' 'o faka'ilo ha tangata 'Ēsia ta'u 54 na'a' ne ha'i ha pa'anga laka hake 'i he $100,000 'i hono sino' feinga ke 'ave fakafufū ki tu'apule'anga. Ko e pa'anga Tonga 'eni tuifio mo e ngaahi pa'anga muli kehekehe. Ko e feinga 'ave fakufū 'eni ne hoko he mala'e vakapuna Fua'amotu' he Pulelulu 'aho 16. 'Oku tapu he lao' ke folau ha taha mo ha pa'anga 'ova hake he $10,000 ki tu'apule'anga 'ikai te ne fakahā ki he kasitomu'.

A 54-year-old Asian man was arrested with stacks of cash strapped to his body on Tuesday as he was suspected of attempting to smuggle over $100,000 in different currencies out of Tonga.

The man was on his way to cross Fua’amotu International Airport customs to board an aircraft but was reported to have been detained by border police after acting suspiciously.

The suspect has been charged with failing to declare the amount of money.

Tongan law stipulates travellers only allowed to carry up to TOP$10,000 when departing and flying out of the country without filling out a declaration form.

He has been released on bail on Wednesday, May 16 to appear at the Fasi Magistrate’s Court, Police said.

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