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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...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man whose name appeared on a package that was sent through the Post Office last month in which Customs agents found marijuana, was arrested by police last week. Fiatupu Tavai, a former Customs agent is being charged with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 21-year-old man accused of selling marijuana joints at the cannery last year has pled guilty. Detectives from the DPS Vice & Narcotics Unit arrested Paulo Paulo Jr. on Sept. 22, 2017 after receiving information from StarKist Samoa employees that a man was selling...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Customs agent who allegedly used his relative’s post office box to receive a shipment of marijuana has been slapped with three felony drug charges. Lagona Tigilau is being charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Elijah Leasau was acquitted of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, to wit; marijuana, after a jury delivered a “not guilty” verdict Wednesday afternoon. Prosecutor Christy Dunn told jurors that according to testimonies from police officers and also footage...

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