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DRUG CASE AGAINST COUPLE BOUND OVER TO HIGH COURTSamuelu Tupuola and his live-in girlfriend Teroa Faletoi, the Ili’ili couple facing drug related charges following a police raid, were arraigned before Chief Justice Michael Kruse where they both entered pleas of not guilty earlier this week. Tupuola and Faletoi are both facing unlawful possession of a controlled substance of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, possession of an unlicensed firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, while Tupuola — a former cop — faces an additional count of resisting arrest.Court filings say, upon executing a search warrant on Tupuola’s properties, police approached him at his workplace, LBJ hospital where he works as security. Police informed the defendant at this time about the search warrant and the defendant told the police officer that he had to pick up his check, and then took off running. It's alleged Tupuola was caught by police officers 15 yards from where he was first approached. According to the government’s case, Tupuola was caught with a yellow container and three plastic baggies of methamphetamine. Court filings say police found $575 cash in the defendant’s wallet and pockets. Police conducted tests on the drugs found on Tupuola, which tested positive as methamphetamine and Tupuola was informed.The government alleges that on the same day the police searched the defendant’s silver Nissan while the defendant was present and police found numerous drug paraphernalia and a Daisy power line 717 BB gun. Court filings say the couple’s residence in Ili’li was also searched and Faletoi was present during this search wherein police found medium size plastic Ziploc baggies containing methamphetamine, a special .38 handgun with ammunition, $1,000 cash, three glass pipes commonly used to smoke \ice”