Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said police searched the boat, which was travelling from Madang Province with bags of betelnuts, and recovered large quantities of drugs, including two homemade guns, a factory made magnum pistol, four 12-gauge shotgun rounds and eight 9mm pistol rounds with a magazine.
The six suspects were arrested and charged for conveying drugs and in possession of the unlicensed firearms and ammunitions.
Of the six people arrested, one of them was a former prisoner who was recently discharged from Beon CS.
Yapu said his CID officers have contacted their colleagues in Madang and Lae and provided information on the arrest of the six suspects.
He commended the Mobile Squad 10 members from Mendi, with his local police, for intercepting the firearms and drugs coming into the Province and preventing what could have been a major hold up.
PPC Yapu said they received intelligence report of armed criminal elements who will travel by road from Lae to Madang, and travel by boat to Manus to commit a major armed robbery.
(The drugs, firearms, ammunitions taken from the boat)