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Leader sentenced to prison for two years smuggling drugs

A LOCAL level government manager in East Sepik has been jailed for two years for transporting marijuana in a Government vehicle in West Sepik.
Aitape police prosecutor John Bidau said Maprik-Wora local level government manager Benson Awaikiak, 46, from Bainik village in Maprik district, was sentenced by the Aitape district court for transporting marijuana in a Government vehicle.
He was caught with six other men from Maprik and one Indonesian man at Kitowali Mountain in Nuku district, last April.
They were taking the drugs to Indonesia when they were apprehended by a police mobile squad.
The officers were tipped off by a member of the public.
His co-accused, Martin Jina, 38, from Waikakum village, was also jailed. Both are serving their terms at the Boram prison in East Sepik.
Jina was the owner of the drugs while Awaikiak provided and drove the vehicle.
The other suspects were freed because they were only passengers. They were Bill Yaukwen, 55, and Felix Tikakal, 36 from Waikakum village , Simon Gumba, 24 ( Nelikum), Valentine Kerry, 19 (Hayfield), Roland Yalimbangui, 23 (Bainik), and Darius Meho, 56, from Maribu village, Sentani in  Papua, Indonesia. The National

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