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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 its borders for the duration of his 5-year probation sentence. Talosaga Maiava appeared in High Court last week for sentencing. Maiava, 40, who has been...
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A man from Tafeta with a long criminal history entered into a plea agreement with the government last week in High Court. Alosio Filemoni, who is on probation, was initially charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, an unclassified felony, punishable by term of imprisonment of not less than 5...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was arrested for disturbing the public peace and later found with illegal drugs has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Thomas Va’a appeared in court last week for a pretrial conference; however, when his case was called, defense attorney...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man was arrested two weeks ago after police found 5 hand rolled marijuana cigarettes inside his vehicle during a routine traffic stop after he was observed not wearing a seatbelt. Lomiga Savea, who is on probation for a drug conviction 4 years ago made his initial...
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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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