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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Samoa who pled guilty to meth possession has been ordered to serve 20 months in the Territorial Correction Facility as a condition of a 5-year probation. Faamatala Iakopo appeared in High Court last week for sentencing. He has been in custody since his arrest...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Otto Ta’avili was picked up on an arrest warrant on the allegation that he unlawfully entered the home of another family and stole several items including three big fine mats. In addition, he is now being charged with unlawful possession of drugs. The government has...
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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 last year in January in Ottoville and Tafuna has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Falaniko Iosua, who has been in...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The the driver and the passenger of a vehicle that was pulled over two weeks ago for a traffic violation are now charged with drug possession. The passenger and the driver also had outstanding bench warrants with the District Court for failing to appear in court during...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man with several bench warrants including a huge amount of traffic fines owed to the court was arrested last week on allegations of unlawful possession of illegal drugs. Philip Onofia made his initial appearance in District Court this week. Onofia is charged with...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea, during the preliminary examination (PX) of 28-year-old Vine Tiumalu, accused of unlawful possession of drugs, held last week, has found probable cause to bind the case over to the High Court, despite strong opposition from the defense...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was ordered to pay $1,045.24 restitution for the tools he stole from his neighbor, is asking the court to give him 6 months to pay it in full. Olataga Siaosi appeared in court last week for an Order To Show Cause (OSC) hearing, for failing to comply with...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young mother convicted of stealing and unlawful possession of illegal drugs was sentenced to 180 days at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF). Julie Uiese, who was released on a $10,000 surety bond appeared in High Court last week for sentencing. Uiese was...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — District Court Judge Pro Tem Gwen Tauiliili-Langkilde has found probable cause to bind over to High Court, the government’s case against Tony Vaifanua, who is expected to enter a ‘not guilty’ plea this morning at arraignment. Vaifanua, who is still in custody, unable to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The male driver of a truck that was stopped by police two weeks ago has told investigators that the bag they found in the vehicle — allegedly containing a huge quantity of a white crystalline substance, marijuana, cash, and paraphernalia — does not belong to him. Richard...

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