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Tongan Speaker helped drug team, say police

An international crime syndicate headed by Colombians allegedly bribed the Speaker of the Tongan Parliament as part of a plot to import tonnes of cocaine into Australia.The Herald can reveal an Australian Federal Police-led inquiry, Operation Stair, uncovered a global trafficking operation that allegedly used yachts to sail cocaine from South America to Tonga.The drugs were then allegedly smuggled onto container ships and transported to lucrative markets in Australia and China.