Two men arrested for sale of one marijuana joint
A tip from members of the public led to the arrest of two men following a controlled buy on Tuesday. Mafo’e Semu and Tenari Laulu made their initial appearance in the District Court yesterday, where each defendant was charged with one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, marijuana.
The criminal charge is a felony which carries a sentence of not less than five and not more than ten years in jail. Semu is held on bail of $20,000 while Laulu’s bail is set at $40,000 and they are both represented by the Public Defender’s office.
According to the government’s case, on Sunday the Central Police Station received a call from an informant about an unknown person who had asked the informant if he wanted to buy marijuana.
The informant gave police the cell number of the unknown person and a police officer then contacted the unknown person. Upon contacting the unknown person — a male — for a marijuana joint, the unknown person told the police officer to meet him at the baseball field for the exchange.
Court filings say that a marked $10 dollar bill was given to the unknown man selling the drugs, who was later identified as Laulu. It's alleged the officer gave $10 to Laulu who then handed the money to Semu and Laulu allegedly gave the officer the marijuana joint.
The government claims that when the vehicle driven by Laulu was on the main road, other police officers were informed and were instructed to pull over the vehicle.
It's alleged that when police attempted to pull over the vehicle before the stop sign in front of the Tafuna Substation the vehicle did not stop and police officers saw an object being thrown out of the vehicle, which then pulled over near the stadium.
It's alleged that Vice and Narcotics Detectives searched the area where the object had been discarded and found a ziploc bag containing five hand-rolled joints which tested positive for marijuana.
In a search of Laulu's vehicle, police allegedly found the marked money used in the controlled buy. Court filings say that during questioning, Semu informed police that he saw Laulu throw out the ziploc baggie.
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