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DRUG CASE

American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A female probationer convicted of meth possession was released from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) last Friday, after the court sentenced her to time served — 120 days — one of several conditions of her 2-year probation term. Caroline Purcell, who was in...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 52-year-old taxi driver accused of unlawful possession of a glass pipe containing methamphetamine has pled guilty. Aleki Taumaoe appeared in High Court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. He is represented by Assistant Public Defender Rob McNeill, while...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man with a pending drug case in High Court was arrested last week on similar allegations. Asolelei Tagoa’i, a.k.a. “DAYS”, appeared in District Court last week. He is charged with one count each of unlawful possession of methamphetamine; and unlawful possession of...
Wen Ting Chen
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government’s case against an Asian woman accused of allegedly bringing an illegal substance, to wit, Phencyclidine (PCP) into the territory was dismissed without prejudice in High Court yesterday morning. Thomas Jones, of RDA Law Firm represented Wen Ting Chen, while...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 40-year-old man accused of using a sharp weapon to cause head injuries to a neighbor has pled guilty. Fa’avae Tagaloa was initially charged with felony first degree assault, punishable by life in prison or at least 30 years in jail; but under a plea agreement with the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 58-year-old man charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine after he was caught smoking ice in the LBJ Hospital parking lot appeared in High Court yesterday for a Change of Plea (COP) hearing. Onosa’i Navelika, who has been in custody since his arrest last...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Acting Associate Justice Elvis Patea has accepted a request from the Public Defender's Office to continue Alapati Mapu’s pretrial conference to next month, so they can go through all the information pertaining to the first three criminal cases filed against him, and add...
Detectives of the DPS Vice & Narcotics Units escort Alapati Vaivai out of District Court
ARRESTED. Detectives of the DPS Vice & Narcotics Units escort Alapati Vaivai out of District Court last Wednesday after his hearing, back to the Tafuna Correctional Facility (TCF), where he was processed and released pursuant to a court order. However, after being released, he was immediately...
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...