The National, Thursday February 20th, 2014
POLICE have called on the four MPs in East New Britain to push for tougher penalties on drugs offences.
Provincial police commander, Supt Anthony Wagambie said Kokopo MP Ereman ToBaining, Gazelle MP Malakai Tabar, Rabaul MP Dr Allan Marat and Pomio MP Paul Tiensten must support police on their campaign to eliminate drug cultivation and consumption.
“The current penalties are just too lenient. Tougher penalties will set a precedent and be a deterrent to offenders,” he said.
Wagambie said the MPs must push for tougher penalties since the cultivation, consumption and sale of drugs and homebrew were becoming a real serious headache for police in the province.
He said the people too could help by reporting persons involved in the cultivation and selling of drugs.
“It is everyone’s responsibility to report this, if we want to maintain a safe and peaceful province,” he said.
“For those who continue to do this trade, I am now warning you to stop. The law will catch up with you.
“The dealers are happy making a fast buck but do not realise that they are doing damage to the community.”