The Minister of Police Hon. Mateni Tapueluelu said one
of the drug lords in Tonga had been arrested, although he did not name or
He said Police were moving closer to arresting more drugs
lords in Tonga.
He said most of the drugs arrests Police have made were only those who distributed and consumed the illicit drugs.
We are closer to arresting the ‘ulu’ifeke (the head of the octopus – referring to the drug lords), the Minister said.
“Pea kuo mou ‘osi fanongo pe kuo ‘osi puke toko taha,” he said in Tongan.
This translates into English as: “And you have heard one has been arrested.”
It has been revealed that selling of illicit drugs has become the basis of family businesses in the kingdom, Hon. Tapueluelu said in a recent televised public panel discussion.
He warned that the public would be shocked to find out
that some public figures, including church leaders, had been involved in drug
These drug dealers included leading people who appeared
to be of good character, well behaved and trusted in the community, the
He said a recent drug arrest at Fahefa by Police
involved parents and their own children.
Hon. Tapueluelu made the revelation shortly after Princess Pilolevu’s and Lord Tuita’s son-in-law, Sione Filipe Jr, was arrested and charged with the unlawful importation of illicit drugs, unlawful possession of illicit drugs, possession of firearms and ammunition without a license and making a false declaration on arrival card.
A Tongan senior customs officer appeared in court last
month following the seizure of more than
$US2.5 million dollars worth of illicit drugs along with illegal firearms and
Paula Naitoko, 59, faces nine charges for engaging
with others to import illicit drugs and for aiding and abetting the importation
of illegal firearms and ammunition.
The main points
- The Minister of Police Hon. Mateni Tapueluelu said one of the drug lords in Tonga had been arrested, although he did not name or specify them.
- He said Police were moving closer to arresting more drugs lords in Tonga
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