Tonga seized firearms being smuggled in another consignment from US within weeks

 Tongan Customs officials have intercepted and seized six firearms and 12 cartons of ammunition hidden in a crate.

Personal items have also been found in the consignment addressed to a 38-year-old Tongan woman from Halaleva, Tongatapu.

The Ministry of Revenue and Customs said the illicit goods were intercepted and seized during a Customs routine inspection operation.

“The consignment originated from the United States of America.”

Investigations with the help of Tonga Police are ongoing.

It comes after Customs officials and the Police seized 137.36g of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia as well as personal items found in a crate consigned to a 45 year old Tongan woman from Kolofo’ou, Tongatapu last month.

In that seizure, the Customs officials said: “The illicit drugs were intercepted on Thursday 4 April, after Customs inspections using X-ray scanners detected substances inside two resealed Coffeemate containers”, the Ministry of Customs said in a statement.

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