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This is the official letter of apology to the public that was released last week Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 by the ARFF Section of the Pago Pago International Airport. The letter does not specifically mention what “last week’s debacle” was that “has brought much ridicule and scorn to our section.” It...
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  Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A fireman at the Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter (ARFF) Unit at the Pago Pago International Airport, Derek Sappa, who is facing drug charges, will appear in District Court  Feb. 12th for a preliminary examination. He was arrested during a raid of the ARFF building two...
Two policemen in front of the Samoa police station.
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Police Service continue their pursuit to keep Samoa free of illegal substances and criminal activity with six arrests made over the weekend at Faatoia. Responding to questions from Samoa Global News, Police Commissioner Su’a Fuiavailiili Egon Keil confirmed that guns and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Police arrested a man from the Philippines accused of violating local drug laws last week. Carlos Tolentino made his initial appearance before Judge Elvis P. Patea yesterday morning. He is represented by Assistant Public Defender Bob Stuart, while prosecuting is...
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...
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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...

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