11 Sep 2019

Pacific police caught off guard by growth of meth trade

From , 3:03 pm on 11 September 2019

Police forces around the Pacific have been caught off guard by the growth of the methamphetamine trade in the region.

That's the view of a specialist in transnational crime and drug trafficking in the region.

Jose Sousa-Santos says the deportation policies of Australia, New Zealand and the United States have foisted criminals on the Pacific with expertise and networks beyond the capacity of local police.

Dominic Godfrey has more.

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Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly