Man Arrested For Possessing Kava At Darwin Airport

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30th November 2009, 03:38pm - Views: 942
30 November 2009

Media Release

Man arrested for possessing kava at Darwin Airport

A 53-year-old Tongan man was arrested yesterday at Darwin Airport for
possessing approximately 5.8 kilograms of kava.
He will appear in Darwin Magistrates Court this morning.
Just after 5.30am yesterday, Australian Federal Police were called to the
domestic screening point at Darwin Airport and liaised with security screening

It will be alleged in court that the man was carrying approximately 5.8
kilograms of kava powder in his luggage.
The unlicensed possession and supply of kava is an offence under the Northern
Territory Kava Management Act.
It is believed the man brought the kava from Tonga.

The man was charged by AFP officers with:

Possession of a trafficable quantity of kava, contrary to section 9 of the
Kava Management Act (NT)
Supply of a trafficable quantity of kava, contrary to section 12 of the
Kava Management Act (NT)

The maximum penalty for these offences is two years imprisonment or a
$11,000 fine.
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