A well respected 56-year-old aboriginal elder was caught smuggling 16 kilograms of kava onto a remote island community by the Northern Territory police. A Toyota Landcruiser was halted by the police from Ramingining in Arnhem Land at Barge Landing Road on Good Friday. According to the police spokeswomen, in addition to the 16kgs of kava, small amount of cannabis was also found by the police.
She said, “The kava had a street value of $16,000 and was headed for Milingimbi Island before it was intercepted by police”. Superintendent Helen Braam shared that people fail to get the message about drugs in the community. She added that the police will continue to interrupt and target drug dealers in the community, irrespective of their reputation in the community.
Supt Braam revealed that this is not the first instance that the respected Arnhem Land community members had been involved in drug. The members of the Katherine and Northern Regional Command are leaving no stone unturned to put in place common respect etiquettes that will guide the way police and community work together to tackle crime issues, which include the running of cannabis, grog as well as kava.
Submitted by Jason Ramsey on Mon, 04/05/2010 - 11:04