Lae’s marijuana problem is spiralling out of control. Constable Albert Bela fromthe Lae Drug Squad revealed, that drug related arrests are done daily.
Onthe street of Lae, this marijuana pack costs about 50 toea.Inthe New GuineaIslands, it can fetch up to K5.
Betthere are concerns raised on how large quantities of marijuana are smuggled to ther provinces.
The Lae drug squad had been limited to respond swiftly to drug relatedIntel’s asthe only drug squad vehicle is out of service and sits inthe workshop for two years now.
Random police checks atthe Lae wharf and Nadzab airport have created a new trend for traffickers to smuggle large quantities of marijuana out of Morobe.
Last week Friday, yet anther drug bust bythe drug squad, 18 kilograms of cannabis was seized atthe Lae wharf bound for the New GuineaIslands. Two men have been arrested.
Last week EMTV also reported on how Siassi Island inthe Morobe province is being used as an ideal transition point for drug traffickers smuggling marijuana intothe New GuineaIslands.
Since January this year, a total of 15 drug-related arrests have been made from various checkpoints in Lae city alone. Many more go unreported.