Tetere Police uproots, destroy marijuana plants
Intelligence information gathered prompted Guadalcanal Provincial Police to a conduct an operation near Komukea village in the North East Guadalcanal region on Friday.
The operation was coordinated by Tetere police with additional men-power support from Henderson Police Station.
Police were informed by members of the community about they suspected that some individuals were cultivating marijuana near their village.
Reports from the Police Media Unit said, at around 11am on Friday 13 February, the police operation team approached the suspected location via Komukea village.
“Just shortly after midday, officers discovered a marijuana patch outside the village. The officers immediately secured the scene and commenced with the removal of the plants uprooting approximately 1,200 marijuana plants.
“The alleged owner of the marijuana patch escaped from the village when police arrived. The marijuana plants were loaded onto the patrol vehicles to be transported to Tetere Police Station.”
Reports said, the police operation team encountered another incident just as the patrol vehicles exited the village.
A group of villagers attempted to block the road and to prevent the police vehicles from leaving. Police officers got off the vehicles and cleared the road block and subsequently arrested one suspect.
The confiscated marijuana plants and the suspect were transported to Tetere Police Station.
The Officer Commanding Station, Inspector Manetoga said, that police are getting considerable assistance from the community. Police will continue to work closely with the community and track down those individuals who chose to engage in criminal activities and brought them to justice.
“The teams did not arrest any suspect in relation to the cultivation of the illegal marijuana plants but the officers have established an investigation to look into this matter,” he explained.
“Police will continue to work closely with the community and track down those involved in such illegal activities,” Inspector Manetoga said.
Tetere Police is continuing its investigation and would like to hear from anyone particularly from Komukea village and surrounding communities. Information can be passed to Tetere police on phone 34508 or through the Police Communication Centre on 23666.
– Police Media