Dawn raid sees drugs confiscated

More drugs have been confiscated in Manus by police today after some drugs were picked up early this week at a NBC residential property in Lorengau.

Manus police said a senior Government officer and LLG manager in Manus, was arrested today for supplying and distributing home brew to youths in Lorengau town. He was later released on K300 bail.

The 44 year old, Andrian Umitel from Awin village, Nigoherm LLG and two others were picked up this morning following a dawn raid on two islands near Lorengau.

PPC Manus, Chief Inspector David Yapu said local police with the assistance of Mobile squad 18, conducted the raid at 5am today, confiscating drugs with cash monies from the drug sales.

The disappointed provincial police boss was frustrated to see a senior Government officer involved in such activities instead of assisting police address law and order issues in the communities.

Meantime, two other men, also from Western Manus were arrested today for being in possession of drugs from the raid.

They are 22 year old Kaeta Lemkie and 23 year old Papi Maklin, both from Pion village in the Nigoherm LLG.

Both men remain in police custody at the Lorengau Police station.

All three defendants will appear in court on Friday.

Yapu once again thank the community leaders and good citizens of Manus Province for assisting police and providing information to crack down on those illegal activities.

Yapu said he will be taking up the issue with Manus Provincial Administration and Manus Governor on how best they can address the issue in the Province.

Picture supplied by PPC Manus, Chief Inspector David Yapu. 

Sally Pokiton