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Honolulu, HAWAII — An American Samoan man, who was arrested in the territory last year and taken to Hawai’i by federal agents to face federal drug charges, has been sentenced to 2 years in federal prison, while another drug case against him has been dismissed. Alapati Vaivai is one of 14 defendants...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The third co-defendant in the Taputimu sexual assault case has been ordered to serve 28 months at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) in Tafuna, as a condition of a 7-year probation term. Nick Mataia appeared in High Court yesterday morning for sentencing....
Associate Justice Fiti A. Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Associate Justice Fiti Sunia told a man who pled guilty to sexually assaulting two 14-year-old girls last year, that his actions were not only ugly, but also unacceptable in American Samoa. “Drugs such as meth, to be followed by sex acts are the types of things that we...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A bus driver accused of assaulting two men during a drinking session over the weekend is now in custody after police allegedly discovered 2 small baggies containing illegal drugs in his possession. Kalolo Lemalu made his initial appearance in District Court this week....
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Samoa who entered into a plea agreement with the government has been ordered  to depart the territory and remain outside of its borders for the duration of his probation term. Okesene Valoaga, 35, appeared in High Court this week for sentencing. He was...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was arrested for disturbing the public peace last week is now facing felony charges of unlawful possession of illegal drugs. Agasii Viliamu made his initial appearance in court late last month on the charges of third degree assault and public peace disturbance...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of possession of 3 small stamp-sized baggies containing a white crystalline substance has pled guilty. Solomona Tagaloa, who has been in custody since his arrest last year, appeared in High Court this week for a Change of Plea hearing. He was initially...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 42-year-old man facing multiple drug charges appeared in High Court this paast week. Prosecuting the case is Assistant Attorney General Laura Garvey, while Assistant Public Defender Ryan Anderson is representing Sierra Isaia, who continues to be released on a $2,000...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 53-year-old man who pled guilty to felony drug possession has been sentenced to probation, with jail time. Associate Justice Fiti Sunia sentenced Tau Ala to serve 20 months at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF), as a condition of a 5-year probation term. Ala,...
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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...

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