The National,Wednesday 07th December 2011
By ELIZABETH VUVU
A DAWN raid by police in Rabaul resulted in the confiscation of marijuana with a street value of K20,000.
In the past two days there had been three lots of arrests in Rabaul, with 10 men detained at the Rabaul police checkpoint after they were charged with being in the possession of drugs.
Police at Rabaul said the first arrest was made on Burma Road at 9pm on Monday after the Rabaul Drug Response Unit assisted by the police task force received a tip-off.
That saw eight youths caught in a vehicle transporting drugs.
Some of the suspects caught were allegedly sons of prominent business people in East New Britain.
The second arrest was made at Ah-tam, in Rabaul, and the third was the dawn raid conducted on Bates Street, in Rabaul town.
Police questioned the suspects who revealed the circle of drug suppliers and distributors.
Rabaul district administrator Wilson Matava said drugs were being brought into Rabaul in a sophisticated way and posed a challenge to police and those tasked to combat drug issues.
“Due to the sophistication of methods and techniques used in getting drugs in Rabaul and ENB, this is a challenge to the police department to upgrade skills and resources to detect and respond to the drug issue in Rabaul.”
Matava said the effects of drugs were now evident at primary school level and it was affecting communities.