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Solomon Airlines staff embroiled in drug found in baggage incident

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HONIARA, 26 JUNE 2019 (ISLAND SUN) — A Solomon Airlines staff is reportedly being questioned over drugs found in luggage sent from Honiara to Tarawa, Kiribati last week.

Island Sun understands police investigation is continuing at Solomon Airlines (SolAir) after an unknown quantity of marijuana was found in a piece of unaccompanied luggage from Henderson Airport to Tarawa in Kiribati.

Solomon Airlines officers confirming the report said a member of the public had approached one of their employees at the airport check-in last week Wednesday and asked for a favor to send the luggage on someone else’s behalf, to which the employee obliged.

“Without knowing what was in the luggage, the staff member had checked through the passengers list and saw that one of the passengers travelling did not have much luggage weight on which the officer registered the baggage under that passenger’s name,” said SolAir officers at Henderson Airport.

“Not until after the flight reached Tarawa and there was confusion about the luggage before the airport security opened the luggage having a speaker in it and found the illegal drug packed inside the speaker.”

Responding to enquiries, Solomon Airlines Operations Manager Bill Tyson said, “The matter is currently under investigation by the police and it is not appropriate for me to discuss the matter until such time as their investigations are completed. Once this is done I will be in a far better position to provide you with factual information.”

From previous reports, it is believed that this kind of drug trafficking practice has been going on for some time now. This recent report is likely to open up a huge investigation on trailing sources of such illegal activities…. PACNEWS

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