By Martha Louis – EM TV News, Lae
Police have confiscated 25 kilograms of marijuana, a boat and other items following an arrest over the weekend in Lae. Four of the six suspects have been arrested, while two have since escaped.
The six suspects travelled from Kimbe in West New Britain and arrived in Lae on Friday morning.
The six suspects left Kimbe on a boat and arrived in Lae to buy marijuana. In Lae, they stayed with one of the suspects’ relatives at Sipaiya village.
The suspects left on Friday morning and travelled to Munum – just up the Okuk Highway.
There, they bought 25 kilograms of drugs and went back to Sipaiya village, where police were tipped off and were monitoring the situation.
At around 2pm Saturday afternoon, police caught them when they were trying to leave Lae for Kimbe.
China Town Police Station Commander, James Luan, says police believe there are some drug dealers from the Highlands who are also engaged involved.
But police said it is the first time they have caught suspects using a small boat to come to Lae.
This could mean that traffickers are changing their methods to avoid detection. The drugs are worth between K30,000-50,000 on the street.
Police said the most common trading port for drug dealers is between Munum market and Nadzab. The dealers don’t usually travel down to Lae.