Senior Constable Perry Kageni of the Special Services Division (SSD) said the suspects were seen in possession of 24.5 kilograms of the illicit drug marijuana in a suspected taxi at 7.45am on Monday at the Nine-Mile Plaza outside Port Moresby.
“The drugs in various size bags were confiscated after police officers got a tip-off from an informant who saw the movement of the suspects as suspicious,” Constable Kageni said, adding that this was confirmed when the police officers checked the cab.
Kageni said the marijuana bags were confiscated by the McGregor based Mobile Squad 20 members whilst doing their normal patrol in the city.
The suspects were identified as Andrew Onne, Maia Dipo and Paul Kowai – all from Tapini in the Goilala District of Central Province. They were locked up at the Boroko Police Station on Monday afternoon.
“The estimated street market value for the marijuana bags is about K40,000,” Constable Kageni said.
“The suspects were allegedly trying to transport the marijuana bags to Sabama and distribute them to their respective dealers in Port Moresby when they were caught.”
(The McGregor based Mobile Squad 20 members with the drug bags confiscated on October 29th outside Port Moresby)