Man arrested at Port in major marijuana bust allegation
A US Army reservist was arrested at the main port in Fagatogo after he turned up to claim a container that had what is alleged to be the biggest marijuana drug shipment ever to be confiscated in the territory, according to police and customs officers who wished not to be named.
The suspect, a man in his 30s from Pava’ia’i, in the Canco Hill area, is expected to be charged later this week. Customs Officers told Samoa News the alleged drugs were inside nine bags stuffed inside two large drums and small pallets and was stashed together with clothes and other personal items.
The canine unit purportedly detected the drugs during a procedural inspection of items entering the territory. According to customs officers the marijuana allegedly confiscated is close to seven pounds and its street value it close to $20,000.
Officers from the DPS Vice and Narcotics Unit and the Criminal Investigation Division were contacted for assistance and Samoa News witnessed them taking the man into custody, yesterday.
The shipment was unloaded Tuesday morning from the hold of a container ship that has since left port.
The Vice and Narcotics division is currently working on the police report to be forwarded to the Attorney General’s office for prosecution.
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