Customs agents find marijuana with $15,000 street value in US mail
The Vice and Narcotics Division with the Department of Public Safety arrested a man in his in his 20s from Ottoville on Monday after he picked up a box containing a green substance which tested positive as marijuana, with a street value of $15,000.
The 24-year-old man went to claim a package that came throughout the United States Postal Service on Monday. However during procedural inspection of packages the Customs agents came across four medium sized Folger’s coffee cans.
Customs opened the coffee cans, as it is suspicious that anyone from off island would send coffee when it is available on island. According to Customs agents, each of the four cans had sealed baggies containing marijuana.
Calls to Vice and Narcotics Captain, Peau Paulo Leuma regarding this case were unsuccessful. However Samoa News understands the young man has been arrested, while police detectives are working on the police report. Upon completion it will be forwarded to the Attorney General’s office for prosecution.
The young man is being detained at the Tafuna Correctional Facility for 48 hours without bail. If, after 48 hours, the government has not served him with an arrest warrant and supporting affidavit, he will be released.