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Man who tried to break into a vehicle charged with meth possession

American Samoa District Court building

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man was apprehended by police after he allegedly tried to damage the door of a vehicle parked on the side of the road last month. During his arrest, cops discovered a glass pipe containing methamphetamine (meth) inside his pocket.

Faalogo Arona made his initial appearance in court last month. He’s charged with one count of unlawful possession of meth, a felony, along with one count of 3rd degree property damage; attempted stealing and disturbing the public peace (PPD), all misdemeanors.

Bail is set at $5,000 cash bond. Preliminary hearing is set for Thursday next week.

The government alleges that it was around 9p.m on a Saturday last month when a woman contacted the Tafuna Police Substation (TPS) for assistance after she realized that a man was trying to open the back door of a vehicle parked on the side of the road in the Tafuna area.

Two police officers responded and were able to see from a distance the location where the vehicle was parked and saw a man walking around the vehicle trying to look inside. The man was later identified as Faalogo Arona, 31, the defendant in this matter.

Arona fled the scene when he saw the police unit and officers immediately chased and apprehended him. Arona was intoxicated.

He told police that he was looking for money to pay for a taxi to go home in Kokoland.

According to police, the window to the passenger’s door was damaged when Arona hit it with a rock.

Before Arona was transported to the TPS for questioning, cops conducted a body search on him and discovered a glass pipe containing meth inside his right pocket.

When questioned about the glass pipe found in his possession, Arona stated that he found the glass pipe at the area where the vehicle parked.