By Jack Lapauve Jr, EMTV – Port Moresby
A police tip-off has led to the confiscation of over 30 bags of betelnut at the Erima roundabout in Port Moresby.
Gordon’s Police Station Commander, Mark Mosinakave, says the suspects will be dealt seriously as police uniforms were found in their possession as well.
Gordon’s police were told a white Toyota Land cruiser passed the Laloki Check-point and was on its way into the city.
The suspected vehicle was loaded with bags of betelnut, with a street value of over K20,000. The tip-off was followed resulting in police apprehending 2 suspects along the Erima drive.
Commander Mosinakave told EM TV the 2 suspects will be dealt on separate charges for smuggling betelnut and the use of regular police uniforms.
The case is not a first of its kind as the public has been reporting alleged cooperation among policemen and individuals who smuggle betelnut into the city for its sales and distribution.
The 2 suspects are detained at the Gordon’s cellblocks, while the vehicle used is also impounded at the Station.
Commander Mosinakave urged the public to refrain from such illegal activities and help maintain a clean and healthy city.
The confiscated betelnut bags were stored inside the Gordons Police Station awaiting authorities from the NCD Buai Control Unit.