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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The driver of a vehicle stopped by patrolling police officers for speeding was arrested and charged for unlawful possession of illegal drugs. Ionatana Filipo made his initial appearance in court last month. Filipo is charged with one count of unlawful possession of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The driver of a yellow pickup truck in which investigators allegedly found a bag containing a white crystalline substance and drug paraphernalia has been arrested and charged with unlawful possession of drugs. Tipasa Laki, a.k.a. “TEMA” made his initial appearance in...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “The only option for the court to deal with foreigners who come into American Samoa and violate territorial drug laws is to send them back to their countries, in order for our government to save local resources.” This was the message last week from the court during the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who failed to comply with conditions of his 5-year probation has been given another chance. Probationer Ioane Mataese was arrested two month ago after he tested positive for marijuana. Mataese appeared in court last month for a preliminary hearing, where he...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two brothers from Pago Pago spent their New Year in the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) after cops allegedly discovered drugs in their vehicle during a traffic stop in Nu’uuli. The brothers, Wayne Jack Banse and his younger brother, Johnny Banse made their...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who entered into a plea agreement in a drug case has been ordered to depart the territory and remain outside of American Samoa borders for the duration of his 5-year probation sentence. Joshua Taavili appeared in High Court last week for sentencing. He was...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The court emphasized during the sentencing of two men from Samoa convicted of drug charges that sponsors need to understand and fulfill their responsibilities under immigration laws. The court said failure on the sponsor’s part — of not renewing the alien’s immigration...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who is on probation for a drug conviction from four years ago was arrested last month on the allegation that he assaulted his neighbor by hitting him on the head with a piece of metal. When the defendant was arrested, police discovered drugs on his person and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — On Dec. 14, 2020 about 10:35p.m, several police officers patrolling Nu’uuli heading west near Manu’a’s Store observed a truck heading east with one head lamp working. Police initiated a traffic stop and noticed that not only did the driver have red and watery eyes but a...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man arrested by DPS Vice & Narcotics Unit last month for alleged drug possession made his initial appearance in court last month. Sinapati Saili is charged with one count of unlawful possession of marijuana; and one count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine;...

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