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PAPEETE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, Sept. 8) – A court in French Polynesia's capital, Pape'ete, on Wednesday sentenced ten metanphetamine traffickers to up to five years jail for illegally importing the substance to the French Pacific country.

The sentences range from 18 months to five years imprisonment.

The main suspect was arrested last year at Tahiti-Faa'a international report.

He was on a flight back from Los Angeles, California, where it was later established he had bought the drug that was found concealed in his underwear.

The Court found him guilty of smuggling up to 100 grammes of the illegal substance and selling it to local dealers.

It also heard evidence that the accused had travelled seven times to Los Angeles during the year 2004, the daily newspaper La Dépêche de Tahiti reports.

This month, French Polynesia's authorities are launching a major education, prevention and awareness campaign targeting school children with a simple, yet efficient gimmick: "No ice".

September 13, 2005

Tahitipresse: http://www.tahitipresse.pf/index.cfm?lang=2

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