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Police seize 45kg of kava in remote community

  1. buseman
    Northern Territory Police have seized 45 kilograms of kava in the Aboriginal community of Oenpelli in Arnhem Land.

    The kava, which was found in a four-wheel-drive that was stopped for a random breath test, is worth about $54,000.

    A 40-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman have been charged with possessing and supplying a trafficable amount of kava.

    They have been granted bail and will go before court next month.

    Wed Jun 2, 2010


  1. enquirewithin
    Police arrested two people at Oenpelli yesterday following the seizure of a large quantity of kava.

    Police were conducting Random Breath Testing duties on Oenpelli Road when they stopped a Toyota Troop Carrier.

    A search of the car located 45 kg’s of kava in 2172 individual bags secreted throughout the interior of the vehicle and a small quantity of alcohol.

    A man aged 42 and a woman aged 35 were charged with numerous drug offences including posses and supply commercial quantity of kava and both were bailed to appear in the Maningrida Court on 07 July. The male driver was also charged with drink driving offences.

    Helen Braam, Superintendent of the Northern Operational Services Division said,

    “Our remote police officers are completely committed to ensuring the safety of the communities they serve. That includes arresting local community members who make poor choices about how they spend their money. The sale of this Kava could amount to upwards of $54 000.00. That’s the deposit on a house, or a new car for the family. Instead people choose to give their money to drug pimps who have no interest in the health or welfare of Indigenous people, just the welfare of their own bank balance.

    “Rest assured we will continue to relentlessly target and disrupt these pimps until we achieve safer communities devoid of drug and alcohol abuse” she said.


    Not only do Aboriginals have to suffer their activities being criminalised but the public has to listen to the self-righteous garbage that ill-educated police spout. The only country where I have seen the police openly beating up a drunk is the Australia-- of course, he was aboriginal. Drink, which has destroyed Aboriginal communities, is of course legal.
  2. enquirewithin
    Kava seizure – Darwin Airport

    Kava seizure – Darwin Airport: Members of the Katherine Substance Abuse Intelligence Desk (SAID) have arrested and charged a 29-year-old man in relation to a quantity of kava located at Darwin Airport last night.

    As a result of an ongoing Katherine SAID operation targeting persons involved in kava trafficking, and with the assistance of Australian Federal Police (AFP) and local members, the man was located just before midnight and arrested after he was found to be in possession of approximately 20 kg’s of Kava, divided into approximately 1300 individual deal bags.

    He was conveyed to the Darwin Watch House and has since been charged with: possession of a trafficable quantity of kava; supply a trafficable quantity of kava without a licence. Supply quantity of kava without a licence.

    He was remanded in custody to appear in the Darwin Magistrate’s Court today. Colin Smith, Superintendent of the Katherine and Western Operational Service Division, said that this was a great example of Katherine Police receiving significant assistance from colleagues in Darwin, particularly from the AFP at Darwin Airport.
    “It is believed that these drugs were intended for distribution in Arnhem Land, with a street value of about $26,000.

    “The people involved in the illegal kava trade in Arnhem Land still appear to be prepared to take the risk. Police will continue to target these people and their associates to stem the trade in this illicit substance,” he said.

    THURSDAY, 10 JUNE 2010 17:19

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