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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa heavyweight champion accused of violating local drug laws entered into a plea agreement with the government last week. Sui Fausaiga, 26, also known as Sui Palauni was initially charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, to wit;...
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    Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  One of the co-defendants in the Taputimu and Alofau drug cases from last year has been ordered by the High Court to serve 20 months at the TCF and thereafter, he is to depart the territory and remain outside of its borders until his 5-year probation term is over....
the owner of LE AUTE, Tumuatasi Lefatia, also known as Mama.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The preliminary examination hearing of the owner of LE AUTE, Tumuatasi Lefatia, also known as Mama, on drug charges ended last Friday morning with District Court Judge Pro-Tem, Gwen Tauiliili-Langkilde finding probable cause to bind her case over to the High Court. In...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man who was pulled over for speeding is now charged with unlawful possession of illegal drugs after police allegedly found a glass pipe inside his vehicle. Allen Oliva made his initial appearance in District Court last week before Judge Fiti Sunia. He’s charged...
Tautua Letasi outside of the High Cour
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Justice Michael Kruse has declared a mistrial in the Tautua Letasi drug case, after the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict. Immediately after Kruse delivered his decision, prosecutor, Assistant Attorney General, Woodrow Pengelly asked the court to set...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — During final arguments in the case between the American Samoa Government and Tautua Letasi, the defense attorney told jurors the government’s case against his client is all about “assumption”. Day 3 of Letasi’s trial saw the government wrapping up its case after...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government revealed during the second day of Tautua Letasi’s jury trial that based on the evidence they collected from the vehicle Letasi drove on the early morning of May 21, 2017, along with other evidence found at his home in Aoloau, they came to the conclusion...
Tumuatasi Lefatia, also known as “Mama”
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — District Court Judge Pro-Tem, Gwen Tauiliili-Langkilde denied a motion to reduce bail for the owner of the LE AUTE Sports Bar during a hearing yesterday morning. Tumuatasi Lefatia, also known as “Mama” appeared in District Court yesterday morning for a hearing to...
Chief Justice Michael Kruse
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Jury instructions and opening statements for the jury trial of a man accused of unlawful possession of illegal drugs and weapons began yesterday in High Court. Tautua Letasi, who is out on a $60,000 surety bond, is charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine with...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The jury trial of a man accused of unlawful possession of illegal drugs and possession of an unregistered 12-gauge shotgun and a 22-caliber rifle kicked-off yesterday at the High Court with jury selection. Tautua Letasi, who is out on a $60,000 surety bond is charged...

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