9 arrested over homebrew

Nine people have been arrested in Manus by the 2017 National Joint Security Force Operations over the production of home brew in the province.

The nine aged between 28 and 45 years were apprehended at Buliso village in the Bupi Chupen Lelemadih LLG and taken to the Lorengau by their ward councilor.

Amongst the nine was a female who admitted to taking part in the sale of homebrew.

Manus police commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu told Loop PNG the woman was warned and later released due to lack of evidence.

He said items used in the production of home brew were also surrendered by the accused persons to Police on Tuesday this week.  

The nine accused were later released on K300 Police bail each and will appear at the Lorengau District court next week Monday.

PPC Yapu said Buliso has been a hot spot for production and sales of home brew, resulting in the arrest of one of the accused and the subsequent arrest of others.

He commended the Ward councillor Reilly Mckinau for assisting the Police with the arrest of the nine accused and the surrender of the items used for brewing home brew.

As part of the Election Security operations, PPC Yapu says he wants to see the community free and safe before people go out to cast their votes for leaders to represent them in the National Parliament.

Sally Pokiton