Solomons Police Conduct Drug Raids In Central Honiara

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Increased patrols during holiday season net arrests

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Jan. 6, 2016) – Police confiscate thousands of litres of kwaso and dozens of marijuana plants during a raid they conducted at Taba’a settlement in central Honiara, last Saturday.

The police’s Christmas and New Years’ Special Operations Team carried out the raid.

"The success of this operation is another significant symbol of the community working together with the RSIPF," acting Commissioner of Police Juanita Matanga said.

She thanked the community for the ongoing support to the RSIPF in its work to provide for a safe and peaceful community environment where everybody can move around freely without fear.

Mrs Matanga reiterated that this Christmas and New Year festive session was one during which people behaved generally well, although there were still some who committed offences and conducted themselves in an anti-social manner, often as a result of alcohol abuse, which caused problems to others including injury and nuisance.

This included a number of cases of rock throwing against police vehicles, with two alleged offenders arrested.

She said the Police Commanders from Honiara City and Guadalcanal confirmed that a number of arrests were made over the period and that many of these were alcohol related.

Police also conducted pro-active patrols and the Liquor Squad made six arrests, visited 15 licensed premises and 11 nightclubs as part of their activities.

Police have also arrested suspects for break-ins at the mini Wings Supermarket in Chinatown and the Nings Shop at Point Cruz.

The alleged offenders have been remanded in custody awaiting court.

Both Police Commanders have again appealed to citizens and visitors alike to ensure that the general good result over the festive period continues into 2016 by working with police to reduce the incidence of anti-social behaviour and alcohol related crimes.

"Communities can do this by providing information to police on illegal alcohol production and sale, working proactively by dealing with social issues within families and communities and reporting crime quickly," Mrs Matanga said.

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