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PNG Authorities intercept high powered gun smuggled from the United States

Papua New Guinea Police Intelligence has confirmed smuggling of a high powered gun into country  from the United States, destined for Manus, NBC reports. 

PNG Police  said the high powered firearm was intercepted by  Customs in Port Moresby and the firearm was traced to Manus resulting in the arrest and charging of the offender after a joint Police and Customs operation.

Head of Manus Police Senior Inspector David Yapu presented this report before the Provincial elections steering committee pertaining to the security of the elections.
He said search warrant has been raised for Police investigation into other high powered firearms smuggled into the province.
Mr. Yapu said there have been confirmed reports of drug smuggling into the province following Betel-nut trade to the neighbouring provinces.
" These are some of the things that would pose threat during the elections period and Police are treating them seriously, " said Acting PPC Yapu.
NBC News/ PNG Today
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