The National, Wednesday 5th June 2013
A POLICE officer in East New Britain has been suspended pending investigation into his involvement in a drug trafficking case last month.
Acting provincial police commander Snr Insp David Yapu said the officer based with airport police allegedly collaborated with others to bring the consignment of drugs into Tokua.
“The drug consignment weighing about 11kg and if sold on the streets would fetch up to K60,000 was brought in on May 25 from Madang, through to Lae and Tokua and had the name of the police officer,” Yapu said.
“Travel Air agents withheld the package after suspecting that something was wrong.
“I am very upset with this type of behaviour by one of our officers who was placed in a position of trust and abused it.
“The officer has tarnished the reputation of the PNG constabulary and destroyed our efforts in detecting drug trafficking at Tokua.
“But there is only one law and he has to be dealt with by the law.
“No one is above the law. This behaviour is unacceptable and is causing the public to lose confidence in us.”
Yapu said the officer had been suspended for 21 days to allow officers from the criminal investigative division and drug squad to investigate the matter.