The National, Friday, April 29, 2011
By JUNIOR UKAHA
Police in Chimbu have raided a village in Kamtai district, Sinasina-Yongomulg electorate, after receiving information that a suspect was growing marijuana in the area.
Police raided Tuli village at 5am and uprooted 845 marijuana plants, 75 of which were mature plants with a street value of more than K10,000.
Chimbu community policing boss, Chief Sgt Philip Dege, said the suspect fled when police arrive but his accomplice was arrested for aiding the suspect grow the crop and for failing to report the matter to police.
Dege said the suspect was detained at the Kundiawa police station and would be charged soon.
Chimbu provincial police commander chief Insp John Kale commended the community policing arm for a wonderful job.
He said all people in the province must cooperate with police who were doing their best to rid it of illegal activities.
“All communities must work with the police to rid these type of illegal activities in the commuinties and the province as a whole,” he said.
Kale warned illegal black markets in the province, especially along the highlands Highway, to stop selling beer and homebrew as it was the coffee season and drunkards would be disrupting the traffic flow.
He said police would patrol the highway and arrest anyone drinking or selling alcohol near roadsides.
“Police will be on alert on the highway and anybody who is disturbing or drinking in public will be dealt with accordingly.
“The police will make sure the traffic flow will be maintained and people move freely,” Kale said.