14-year-old boy among three arrested on suspicion of drug raids

Three people, including a 14-year-old boy, have been charged in relation to the supply of drugs at Ha’asini and Veitongo in south-central eastern Tongatapu.

Police yesterday, 8 March 2023 intercepted a vehicle reported to be distributing illicit drugs at Veitongo.

The suspect, a 31-year-old male from Ha’asini attempted to flee but Police arrested him following a pursuit.

A search was conducted at his residence at Ha’asini where Police seized 345.67 grams of cannabis including piles of marijuana stalks and leaves, a drug utensil containing methamphetamine, a .22 rifle, a 9mm ammunition, empty packs, and test tubes.

Following the seizure of these items, two other men aged 26 and 14 were arrested in connection to the same offence.

The suspects have been charged with possession of illicit drugs, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, utensils and are being remanded until their appearance in court.

“We acknowledge the strong partnership we have with the community and encourage anyone who may have information about drugs to please come forward or contact phone 740-1660 or 922”.

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