POLICE from the Ramu Police Station in Madang have arrested a driver who was allegedly transporting 120 bags of betel nuts to Lae in a container that was carrying coal from Madang.
Ramu station commander Insp Edward Alphonse said the driver was detained and would be charged under the state of emergency (SOE) orders.
He said he would be investigated and others who had helped him to carry the bags would also be arrested.
Insp Alphonse said at around 11am yesterday the vehicle was stopped by police along the highway and police saw a seal on the container which looked suspicious.
“When policemen asked the man to provide documents of what was inside the container he produced a fake receipt stat from RD Tuna Canners Ltd but later admitted that he was transporting 120 bags of betel nuts in the container.”
Insp Alphonse said SOE operations were continuing and they would arrest people smuggling betel nuts.
He told people to be careful with what they were loading.