Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have arrested and charged five people during a zero tolerance operation (ops) conducted over the weekend in Honiara.
The operation was carried on Saturday and Sunday, said provincial police commander (PPC) Honiara city chief superintendent Alfred Uiga.
“The operation was to execute search warrants, conduct surprise raids at suspicious identified locations within the city boundary and targeting anti-social behaviour. The operation was a success.”
During the operation a total of thirty communities from White River in West Honiara to the Ranadi industrial area in the East were visited by police with five people arrested and charged.
“Out of the arrests made, two were for allegedly consuming liquor in public places; one for allegedly selling liquor without a license; one arrested for allegedly producing liquor (kwaso) illegally; another for the alleged possession of a dangerous drug (marijuana); and one arrested for alleged assault causing actual bodily harm.”
PPC Uiga added a total of nine cartons of various alcohol beverages were confiscated by police and as well as 229 bottles of kwaso approximate valued at $2,290.00 if sold in the local market.
Chief superintendent Uiga appeal to community members in Honiara to assist police with information about the illegal brewing of kwaso, growing and sale of the dangerous drug marijuana.
The five defendants have been released on bail to appear before the Honiara Central Magistrates Court at a later date.
– Police Media Unit