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Man arrested for violating condition of probation

TCF Territorial Correctional Facility sign

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man was arrested and taken into the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) on the allegation that he violated a condition of his probation after testing positive for methamphetamine and marijuana.

Meki Faalogo appeared before Acting Associate Justice Elvis P. Patea this week for his initial appearance and his case is now continued until Dec. 7th.

According to the government’s case, Faalogo was sentenced to a term of probation of 5 years after being convicted of 2nd degree assault. Conditions of his probation included not consuming alcohol or illegal drugs and submitting himself for testing to make sure he’s alcohol and drug free. He was also ordered to visit the Probation office once a month.

This week, Faalogo visited the Probation Office and was instructed by a Probation Officer to undergo a drug test to which he tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana.

Faalogo was immediately arrested and transported to the TCF to await his court hearing.

When Faalogo’s case was called, his defense attorney told the court that he received the information and his client has entered a denial against the allegation. Defense attorney then asked for a preliminary examination (PX) for this case, which is now scheduled for Dec. 7th.

After his hearing, he was ordered to be remanded back to the TCF without bail to await his next court hearing next month.