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Drug dealers arrested

By Marieta Heidi Ilalio

Drug dealers arrested A police raid early yesterday morning has landed six men in custody on drugs charges. The raid was launched at the Fish Market and the Savalalo Flea Market simultaneously.

Five men were arrested at the Fish Market for trafficking and one was arrested at his stall at the Flea Market where he apparently sold his drugs. Gogosina Ulutoa of Samatau, who owns a stall at the Flea Market, said this was embarrassing and called for heavier penalties given to these people who are pushing marijuana in public places.

“The control can be done at village councils, the matais should search for the lands where these marijuana plants are planted and then report every single detail to the police,” Gogosina said.

“Communications between village councils and the police should be enforced,” he said.
Gogosina believes those convicted should be sentenced to life imprisonment.

He believes this is

the only lesson that can be dished out to these people to deter further engaging in such illegal activity.
“It’s to teach them a lesson that this is very bad and it’s a bad example they are setting for their families and especially children,” he said.

“They are even sending their children out on the streets to deal in marijuana and if nothing is done now this disease will spread to the next and the next generations that follow.”  Gogosina believes that what happened at the Flea Market yesterday will put a bad reputation on all stall owners to the public and all their customers.

“This is very bad, and especially that many people come here every day to eat and the man found here who is allegedly pushing marijuana puts a really bad image on all of us (stall owners),” he said.

Tina Mutila of Saleimoa agrees.She said she was so embarrassed when the police took one stall owner from the flea market.
“I can’t believe this is still continuing and it has to stop,” she said.

Another eye witness said the police came into the Fish Market and took five men whom they believe were pushing marijuana there all the time.
Kalauati Puepuemai said one man was caught in the flea market and they were all taken away by police.

“This is one of the biggest drug bust ever, there were more than 20 police officers present at the scene,” Mr Pu’epu’emai said.
Assistant Police Commissioner, Leaupepe Fatu Pula could not be reached for a comment yesterday and is believed to be overseas for a meeting.

 

 

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