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Man detained, girlfriend let go— after drugs allegedly found in HER possession

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of violating local drug laws was arrested and made his initial appearance in court two weeks ago.


On Nov. 3, 2020 around 2p.m, DPS Vice and Narcotics unit received information from the TPS regarding a glass pipe containing white crystalline substance found on one of the individuals that was involved in a case to which they had responded.

According to the information received by investigators from responding police officers, the two individuals allegedly involved in this matter are Amosa Wright (defendant) and his girlfriend (whose name was mentioned in the court affidavit, but she was not charged).

Upon meeting with the arresting officers, the evidence was then passed over to the investigators.

The government alleges that a glass pipe, with a small portion of white crystalline substance, which was later tested and yielded positive results for methamphetamine, was found in the female’s bag when it was searched.

After she was Mirandized the female agreed to speak with investigators regarding the glass pipe found inside her bag.

She told investigators that the glass pipe belonged to her boyfriend Amosa Wright, the defendant in this matter. She stated that before she and her boyfriend left a restaurant, her boyfriend told her to put the glass pipe inside her bag but she refused. She was not aware that her boyfriend had put the glass pipe inside her bag.

Wright was also interviewed by investigators regarding the matter, who confirmed his girlfriend’s statement.

 When asked where he had gotten the glass pipe and white crystalline substance, Wright refused to say.

Wright is charged with one count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine, an unclassified felony punishable by imprisonment from 5-10 years, a fine of up to $20,000, or both.

Bail is set at $5,000.