Security guard detained after selling cannabis while police lying in wait

A security guard was arrested on Tuesday night after allegedly selling illicit drugs following a police stake out at a bar in Nuku’alofa

The 33-year-old male bouncer from Ha’ateiho was posted at the entrance to the bar where Police witnessed the exchange of money and drugs before they made their move to arrest.

Found on this person were 147 packs of cannabis (42.10 grams) and cash, a statement said.

He remains remanded awaiting his appearance in court and is charged with possession of illicit drugs.

Tonga Police said it was taking this matter seriously as the nature of this crime is a concern, especially the breach of trust by a security officer, who is employed in a licensed premises that hosts people and youth.

We encourage anyone who may have information about illicit drugs to please come forward or contact Police on phone 740-1660 or 922.

Please help Police keep our families and communities safe from the unwanted harm caused by illicit drugs.

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