Tonga drug yacht: Justice 1, drug syndicates 0

France-registered yacht, JeReVe that ran aground off the coast of Luatatifo island, Tonga with 200kg of cocaine and a dead body aboard. Picture: Australian Federal Police via dailytelegraph.com.au

France-registered yacht, JeReVe that ran aground off the coast of Luatatifo atoll, Tonga with 204kg of cocaine and a dead body aboard. Picture: Australian Federal Police via dailytelegraph.com.au

News sources reporting the story of the abandoned yacht that ran aground in Tonga with 204kg of cocaine and a rotting corpse aboard report that the Australian Federal Police have been working with law enforcement authorities in a number of countries to close “vulnerabilities” in the South Pacific, which are increasingly being exploited by crime syndicates.

It appears that Vanuatu is currently one of these “vulnerabilities”. Our sources close to the action here in Vanuatu report that several international criminal syndicates have stepped up their drug smuggling activity via Vanuatu following the expulsion of the AFP in May this year.

What will today’s new government do to fix this?

Police point to cocaine concealed in the hull of the yacht JeReVe, wrecked on the Tongan Atoll, Luatafito in the Vava'u Group. Photo courtesy Australian Federal Police via http://matangitonga.to/. 16 November 2012.

Police point to cocaine concealed in the hull of the yacht JeReVe, wrecked on the Tongan atoll, Luatafito in the Vava’u Group. Photo by Australian Federal Police via matangitonga.to.

 

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