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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The man who is accused of giving students marijuana to sell for him has asked the High Court to set his case for jury trial. The trial is now set for March 2019. Tavita Mariota appeared in court last Friday for his pretrial conference. He was represented by Public...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The first of the co-defendants in the case where a package that was sent through the U.S. Postal Service in April of this year in which Customs agents found 7lbs of marijuana was sentenced to 24 months of probation and ordered to pay a fine of $1,000. Fiatupu Tavai, a...
  Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 43-year-old man accused of violating local drugs law when he brought a small quantity of marijuana inside his luggage as he entered American Samoa has admitted to his wrongdoing. Iosefo N. Sagote was initially charged with unlawful possession of a controlled...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who is being accused of failure to comply with conditions of his release, where he was ordered to stay clean from illegal drugs and alcohol denied the allegation against him. The court has now set his case for a preliminary examination later on this month to...
District Court Judge Fiti Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The preliminary examination (PX) for the second defendant from the case where police raided two homes in Pago Pago last May and allegedly found illegal drugs ended last Wednesday, with District Court Judge Fiti Sunia finding probable cause to bind 6 charges over to High...
police cars outside home in Petesa during drug raid
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Detectives from the DPS Vice & Narcotics Units have been praised by residents and neighbors after drugs and drug paraphernalia were found in a search warrant operation in Petesa last Thursday afternoon. Armed detectives from Vice & Narcotics raided a home last...
Saipan, CNMI — Before signing a bill that legalizes marijuana, the governor of the Northern Marianas says he wants to find out if it could cause crime rates to spike. CNMI governor Ralph Torres said he wanted to know if there was a correlation between similar legislation in 29 US states and any...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Justice Michael Kruse has postponed to next Friday, sentencing for Paulo Paulo Jr. because he wants to know more about the defendant's family background. Paulo Jr., who is still in custody unable to post a $5,000 surety bond, pled guilty to unlawful possession of...
Tao Liu departing the court house after sentencing.  [photo: AF]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 38-year-old Chinese national who was arrested in 2016 on drugs and weapons charges has been ordered by the High Court to serve 40 months at the TCF and thereafter, he must leave American Samoa and remain outside its borders for a period of 5 years. Also, despite the...
 Marijuana plant [Photo: Esteban Lopez via unsplash.com]
Saipan, CNMI — The Northern Marianas Senate has passed a bill decriminalizing the use and possession of marijuana. Having been passed in the nine-seat senate with six yes votes and three abstentions, the bill now advances to the House of Representatives for approval. It would allow the use of...

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