Tahiti meth ring accused make court appearance

4:38 pm on 16 October 2019

A group of six people have appeared in court in French Polynesia accused of having set up a methamphetamine dealing ring last year.

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They were arrested last week following months of investigation and searches carried out in four towns on Tahiti.

The group was allegedly led by a 30-year-old man and included his 63-year-old father.

Media reports say all but one of the defendants were known to police, who had kept the network under surveillance.

The group is alleged to have sold about 150 grams of methamphetamine a month, netting about $US150,000 every four weeks.

In the raid, police found firearms, drugs and cash - some of which was buried in smaller packets in the garden.

The court has remanded the group to allow for the defence to prepare the trial of four of them on 18 November.

The others will be tried next year.