Police warn marijuana, firecrackers smugglers


PEOPLE travelling into Madang through the Sepik-Bogia route on Christmas and New Year’s Eve have been warned against smuggling of firecrackers.
Madang police commander Superintendent Jacob Singura issued the warning yesterday.
Singura said fire crackers were explosives that were “very dangerous when not used correctly”.
“The public must be mindful that these items are dangerous and harmful,” he said.
Singura said most of these items were smuggled through Bogia and sold in the streets in Madang.
He said Bogia police lacked logistics to monitor people smuggling crackers into the town and that gave advantage to the smugglers.
Officer in-charge of rural command Anton Michael said police manning the checkpoint at Talidig in North Coast would be on alert to confiscate the items smuggled by people through the checkpoint.
Marijuana smugglers were also warned against smuggling using the Madang-Bogia Highway.
“Christmas and New Year periods are peak times where marijuana business is high so our men at Talidig would be on alert to confiscate and arrest whoever is planning to pass through the checkpoint with the dangerous drug,” Michael said.
He said police are aware of tricks smugglers used when they hide and transport the drugs.
“We know everywhere inside the vehicles and in personal belongings where drugs are hidden so we cannot go wrong and those people thinking to smuggle drugs through the check point have to think twice.”
Singura said being in possession of drugs and firecrackers were offences and urged people to report those in possession of the items.

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