7 Sep 2016

New Zealander on drugs charges in Vanuatu

4:08 pm on 7 September 2016

A New Zealand man is being held in custody in Vanuatu on drugs charges.

Vanuatu Police's drugs team arrested the man on 29 August on Epi Island.

The New Zealander is accused of sending marijuana seedlings to Vanuatu with seasonal workers who have been employed in New Zealand under the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme.

He is thought to have subsequently travelled to Epi Island to check on the progress of the marijuana cultivation there.

Police said the New Zealander and a local suspect were flown to Port Vila this week and have been remanded in custody.

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