Police seize 14kg of marijuana

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DRUG is frequently confiscated at the Nadzab Airport when personal search is carried out at those passengers using third level airlines from Goroka transiting to Port Moresby, airport
police said.
Last Thursday, a man, in his early 20s, from Kamaliki Vocational Centre in Goroka was arrested with 14kg worth of drugs in his luggage.
His arrest comes three weeks after that of another man from Goroka, Eastern Highlands, who had 33kg of marijuana bound for Port Moresby.
Nadzab police senior Sgt Michael Kende said drug trafficking had become frequent on flights from Goroka transiting at Nadzab for Port Moresby.
“Something is wrong somewhere at the Goroka terminal check-in because it’s impossible to bypass security guards manning the terminal entry and exit gates,” Kende said.
He said tougher penalties needed to be imposed on traffickers.
Meanwhile, Snr Const Henry Poe also raised concerns over the guards employed by the private security firms to manned check-in and outs at
the airports.
 Poe said the frequency of arresting a passenger a week from Goroka transiting at Nadzab, “raised suspicions about security guards employed there”.
The suspect said he had an agent at Erima in Port Moresby who would get the drugs to give him money to pay for his school fees.
He said he was going to receive K1,500.
Police said the drugs had a street value of more than K30,000.