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DRUG CASE

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was found sleeping at a bus stop in Tafuna last week is facing drug charges, after police allegedly found drugs and paraphernalia on him, when they went wake him up. Douglas Silipa, a.k.a. “Douky” is charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The driver of a vehicle that was pulled over during a traffic stop last week is now in custody after police allegedly found drugs in the vehicle. Tuli Savea made his initial appearance in District Court last week. He is charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man accused of drug possession told police he bought drugs from “LE FILIFILI” — from a man named CHIKO for $2000 using his savings from his GI bill benefits, because he wanted to start a music career, and starting a drug operation would bring in more money to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The court has granted a motion from a man serving a 10-month sentence for driving while his license was permanently suspended because of a DUI conviction. Alex Lolenese appeared in court last week on a motion to modify conditions of his sentence. He requested the court...
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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...
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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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