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Friday 8 November 2019

Auckland, New Zealand
Heavy prison sentences were dished out by the New Zealand High Court yesterday, to four men of Tongan and Niuean descent, for importing Methamphetamine into New Zealand from the United States.
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Wednesday 9 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The illicit drugs case against Sione Filipe Jr has been adjourned again to November 18 at the Fasi Magistrate's Court.
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Friday 31 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Drug users are headed to prison or the cemetery, warns Ned Cook, Team Leader for the Salvation Army Alcohol and Drugs Awareness Centre in Nuku’alofa. Some people in Tonga are trying drugs out of curiosity, especially methamphetamine, he told Matangi Tonga this week. “But if you keep experimenting with it, the addiction will grab hold of you”. Unfortunately, the services they provide at present "don't reach those desperately needing help".
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Thursday 23 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's drugs problem is on the rise, “like a cancer in the community,” says Psychiatric Specialist, Dr Mapa Puloka, who warns that government is too slow in tackling the epidemic and needs to urgently prioritize more funding before it gets out of hand. He issues a stark prognosis: “If they can’t stop it...what will happen is drug dealers or drug lords will run our government and end up being their puppets because of the power of money.” By Eleanor Gee.
Tuesday 26 June 2018

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Former NFL player Stanely Havili (30) opened up about his struggles with drug addiction in an interview with a Utah news agency KSL Sports last week.
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Friday 9 March 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Six men arrested with cannabis and firearms have been charged after the execution of multiple search warrants at three different locations in Tongatapu.
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Friday 2 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 27-year-old man was arrested early this morning, 2 June in relation to the seizure of methamphetamine and cannabis at a home in Kolomotu’a.
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Monday 22 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men were arrested at a home in Kolomotu’a last week in possession of methamphetamine or "ice", during a search warrant executed by Tonga Police.
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Friday 10 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A large haul of illicit drugs seized in Vava’u from a yacht called 'JeReVe' in 2012 was destroyed by authorities in Australia, Tonga's Police Commissioner Stephen Caldwell confirmed today in response to allegations raised in Parliament by Lord Tu'ilakepa. He said the comments by MPs were unfounded and attacked the reputation of the police.
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Thursday 10 November 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 40-year-old man from Tu'atakilangi, one of three who were arrested and charged in suspected drug related offences, has been detained in custody. Tonga Police said today that he is alleged to have been the person who owned a rifle, ammunition and an illicit drug suspected to be methamphetamine, seized on Saturday from a vehicle.
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Monday 30 May 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An allied effort to combat potential drug trafficking in the South Pacific brought together 10 Tongan and American agencies in Nuku'alofa to exchange the latest information on drug identification as part of the Nevada National Guard / Kingdom of Tonga State Partnership Program between May 9-13.
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Saturday 1 February 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Police have arrested and charged a 17-year-old man after 41 cannabis plants and seeds worth an estimated street value of around $10,000 pa’anga were seized from a tax allotment in Fua‘amotu this week.
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Thursday 23 January 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A suspended Police Constable Valeliano Manu (33) and two foreign nationals, Chinchiu Liu (aka Kevin Liu) (31), and ShiQing Lin (32) were jailed on January 21 for over five years for importing over 2 kilos of the controlled chemical pseudoephedrine. A fourth man was jailed for possession. The case involved the importation and possession of a cold remedy known as “contac NT”.
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Wednesday 27 November 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A suspended Police Constable Valeliano Manu and two accused Asian nationals were found guilty for the importation of the controlled chemical pseudoephedrine, a precursor to manufacture the illicit drug methamphetamine. They are remanded in custody for sentencing in January 2014.
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Tuesday 2 April 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Training Tongan law enforcement officers how to detect concealed drugs, particularly methamphetamine, was the aim of a Drug Identification Course held at the Tonga Defence Services headquarters on March 26-27.
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Wednesday 30 January 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Crown is expected to formally withdraw two of the illicit drug charges against Lord Tu'ilakepa due to insufficient evidence - two years after the noble was first charged in December 2010.
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Monday 26 November 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Tu'ilakepa, a former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga who is facing multiple charges of conspiracy to the importation of illicit drugs and illegal possession of firearms, had his case adjourned yet again. He is appealing against a decision by a Magistrate, for the Preliminary Inquiry to be held on 27 November.
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Tuesday 18 September 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A former Speaker of Parliament Lord Tu'ilakepa and the current Deputy Speaker Lord Tu'iha'ateiho will appear at the Nuku'alofa Magistrate's Court separately in October and November, for preliminary inquiries on separate criminal charges.
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