The National – Thursday, December 23, 2010
By ZACHERY PER
AN early morning raid by Goroka police task force into Kabiufa village yesterday saw the uprooting of thousands of kina worth of marijuana plants.
Eastern Highlands police commander Chief Supt Augustine Wampe wasted no time to commend his men for getting into real business of active policing of law and order during the festive period.
He said police followed a tip-off by some Kabiufa locals and went into the village to uproot the illicit plants and apprehend a couple who allegedly grew the plants.
“Police in the province are on high alert to combat law and order issues during the festive seasons, they will attend to solve law and order issues that arise,” he said.
He warned travellers on the Highlands Highway not to travel at night and exercise much caution when travelling to back to their villages to celebrate Christmas and New Year with their families.
Wampe said special operation had commenced early this month with police road blocks at strategic locations around the province.
He commended First Const Joseph Puang, who led his team of officers to Kabiufa on a successful drug raid.
Anton Parak of Gena tribe in Kerowagi district, Chimbu, and Alope John of Haga village in Okapa, Eastern Highlands, have been charged and locked up in the police cells.
They will appear before the Goroka District Court later this week.