Papua New Guinea OPPOSITION Leader Joseph Lelang says the Government must toughen its fight against organised and transnational crime.
Lelang said it was now clear that the trafficking of dangerous drugs was well organised, judging from the recent cases of black flights to and from Queensland, Australia, ferrying illicit drugs.
“We must not take the attitude that this is a police operation alone,” Lelang said.
“Somebody somewhere knows what is going on.
“Somebody somewhere is facilitating these operations.
“These drug traffickers are operating from business or private residences which have paper trails in business registrations, business locations and section and lot numbers.
“They are travelling in cars which have registration numbers.
“They are operating from known airstrips.
“Aircrafts landing and taking off always attract people nearby.”
He said in the case of foreigners in PNG, they would have valid visas.
“(So) what are they here for and who do they work for?
“It is only when we reach the head and the body of crimes like this that we can truly kill it off.
“Otherwise, it will lie low until things cool down, to regrow the limb that we chopped off.
“It will emerge again and this time it will be better to avoid detection.
“We must have inter-agency coordination and cooperation that appears to be absent today.
“Police, Defence Force, NIO, Customs, IRC, Immigration and the Office of Business Registration must pool their resources and intelligence together and regularly exchange information about activities they consider clandestine.
“Government must make available sufficient funding for these inter-agency operations and networking.
“This is a matter of national security.”
Statement / The National / PNGfacts
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