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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Sept. 24) - Three youths in West New Britain province were charged for being in possession of the cannabis drug last week.

Provincial Police Commander Superintendent Sylvester Euga said that the first case involved a Chimbu couple, 26 year-old Julie Philip and husband 28 year-old John Boni who were arrested on September 8 and sentenced by the Kimbe District court on Wednesday 19the to serve 8 months, each with hard labor at the Kimbe Lakiemata jail.

The Kimbe district court convicted Philip for being in possession of thirty-five rolls of cannabis while Boni was convicted of cultivating six cannabis plants.

In the second case, a 26 year-old Martin Motiu from Madang province was charged for cultivating twenty matured cannabis plants along the Girity River in Kapiura, between Kimbe and Bialla. Motiu was sentenced by the Kimbe district court on Friday 21st September, to eight months in prison with hard labor.

Mr. Euga commended his officers at the Kapiura police station for the arrests made as both cases were from the same area. The arrests were made after the police received a tip off that there was continuous cultivation of the drug in that area.

Euga said that Kapiura is becoming a concern area and the police will be continuing their investigations to find out whether there were other people cultivating the drug.

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