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Some of the thousands of marijuana plants confiscated in Samoa late last week.
Apia, SAMOA — Police rounded up the biggest drug bust operation in Samoa with about 10,000 marijuana plants, military firearms, methamphetamine utensils and cash seized at Faleatiu. The operation in the deepwoods of Faleatiu Thursday morning saw six suspects being arrested in relation to the bust...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the three defendants arrested after armed detectives of the DPS Vice & Narcotics Unit executed two search warrants earlier this year in June, in Iliili and Tafuna, has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Alesana Ta’avili, who is out on a $5,000...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of violating local drug laws was arrested last week. When police executed the search warrant on Malautea Atonio Jr’s home, another male by the name of Filipo Faafetai (who has an outstanding arrest warrant for a 2018 burglary) was present in the house. Both...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was arrested after armed detectives of the DPS Vice & Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at his Fagaima home last October has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Alatise Foma’i, who is out on a $3,000 cash bond, appeared in High Court...
Exhibit 2 heroin
Apia, SAMOA — Police confiscated heroin and cocaine tablets with an estimated street value of more than $400,00 Samoan tala from a passenger who arrived at Faleolo on Sunday, 21 July. The 24-year-old female passenger who allegedly carried the tablets into the country, has been charged in connection...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Last week, the preliminary examination (PX) for the case against three men accused of unlawful possession of illegal drugs when police responded to a public peace disturbance call, in Iliili, took place, with District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea finding probable cause to...
The four baggies and the box they came in.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The latest addition to the growing list of drug busts at the Fagatogo Post Office allegedly involves a female, who went to claim a package at the local post office yesterday afternoon. A reliable source told Samoa News that the package arrived on island with mail flown...
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Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Police in Tonga have arrested 17 people in a series of drug busts over Easter Weekend. The Drug Taskforce arrested ten men on Friday and another 7 on Saturday across three locations in the main island of Tongatapu. Police also seized a small amount of methamphetamine, cannabis,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the three defendants arrested after armed detectives of the DPS Vice & Narcotics Unit executed two search warrants earlier this year in June in Petesa and Tafuna has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Sui Tago Jr, who has been in custody since...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Drugs entering the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) and prisoners having access to drugs have been an ongoing problem in the territory. This week, drugs and drug paraphernalia were allegedly found at the TCF in Tafuna during a shakedown by the DPS Vice &...

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