Court Report


A man is being held behind bars on $40,000 bail, in connection with a drug case which surfaced last week on the far western side of the Island. Iti Misi has been charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, which carries a jail term of not less than five years and up to ten years in jail, a fine of up to $20,000 or both. The defendant is represented by the Public Defender’s office while prosecuting for the government is Assistant Attorney General Tony Graf.
Court filings say on Feb. 15, 2014 the Vice and Narcotics Division with the Department of Public Safety was informed by police officers in the patrol division of a possible drug case.
 It’s alleged the case began with a domestic violence incident in Amanave where a woman contacted police after an argument with her husband, alleging that she found what appeared to be “ice” or “meth”.  The substance later tested positive as methamphetamine.
The woman told police that when her husband came home, she saw two baggies of meth or ice and hand rolled marijuana joints — along with a glass pipe used to smoke ice — in her husband’s possession. The woman told police she went through her husband’s pants where she found the alleged drugs and a cell phone in which a another woman had called for the defendant.
The woman confronted Misi about the the alleged drugs and an argument ensued. Following  the argument, the woman contacted police about the drugs. Court filings say when police arrived at the scene the defendant had left. Police were later able to apprehend the defendant who told police that he got $30 from his girlfriend which he used to purchase the ice from Malaeloa. The defendant made his initial appearance in the District Court last week.
Faamoe Sioka, charged in connection with the break-in of an aiga bus on New Year’s Eve, has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Sioka is facing a charge of receiving stolen property, a felony, which carries a jail term of up to seven years, a fine of up to $5,000 or both. He also faces a charge of underage drinking, a misdemeanor that’s punishable by up to six months in jail, a fine of up to $500 or both. Falani Lasalo, who is the co-defendant in this case, has his case pending in the High Court.
During the plea hearing the defendant pled guilty to receiving stolen property which was amended from the felony count of receiving stolen property. In return for his guilty plea the government moved to dismiss the remaining count.
According to the government’s case, on New Year’s Eve 2013, it was reported to police that an aiga bus had been burglarized and police responded to the call in Mapusaga Fou.
The owner of the bus told police he was informed that two men had broken into his bus and removed items. The two defendants, Falani Lasalo and Faamoe Sioka, are both under the age of 21. Court filings say Lasalo and Sioka both admitted they had been consuming alcohol when the incident occurred.
Lasalo told police that Sioka was the “lookout” guy while he (Lasalao) went into the aiga bus and removed the audio system, which consisted of an audio amplifier, a Kenwood audio equalizer and two audio speakers. Court filings say the value of the stolen items was between $900 and $1000. Sentencing for the defendant has been scheduled for next month.
Inmate Nathan Mauga, who is serving time in connection with a property damage case made his initial appearance in the District Court last week on a single count of possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, which carries a jail term of not less than five years in jail and up to 10 years in jail, a fine of up to $20,000 or both.
Court filings say DPS Vice and Narcotics Division was contacted following the raid as Correction Officers found what appeared to be marijuana, and later tested positive as such.  The Detective was informed by a Corrections Officer that he was unlocking a Max Unit inside TCF to allow the inmates recreational time.
The Correction Officer further stated that Mauga asked if he could go back to the Max Unit to retrieve his towel which was hanging on the line.  The Correction Officer followed Mauga to find him with a brown paper bag while hand rolling a marijuana joint. The brown paper bag was confiscated and the officer found a leafy substance which was later tested positive for marijuana, enough to make four-to-five marijuana joints.
Two weeks ago two surprise shakedowns conducted by the TCF officers, led by the new Warden Fo’ifua Fo’ifua Jr., uncovered several marijuana joints inside the jail.
Samoa News understands there are five inmates who are implicated in the matter, in which marijuana was found equivalent to about 30 joints.
In the first raid, which was during the day, TCF officers found marijuana equivalent to four joints and the second time — at night — found even more marijuana, equivalent to 25-30  joints.
Samoa News understands the inmates on which TCF officers allegedly found drugs are in the ‘pending’ or holding unit. One is facing charges of murder, while the others are facing drug charges, including the inmate who recently entered into a plea agreement with the government in one of the largest recent drug cases. 


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