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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man involved in the case where 3 males were charged and convicted of assaulting another man during a drinking session a few years ago was arrested last week on drug charges. Alapati Faamanatu made his initial appearance in District Court last week. He later waived his...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A repeat drug offender accused of multiple meth and marijuana charges told police he bought drugs from a man named “SPUNKY” for $1,500, because he wanted to start a small family business that would bring in money and help out his family. Anetele’a Iosua, 35, made his...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young woman who received a huge break from the High Court after being convicted of unlawful possession of illegal drugs has again received another huge break after violating her parole. Meriko Lomu was taken into custody last month after she tested positive for...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 45-year-old man has been ordered to serve over 6 years at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) for a drug conviction. Lavea’i Filipo appeared before the High Court last week for sentencing. Prosecuting the case was Assistant Attorney General Laura Garvey, while...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The passenger of a vehicle pulled over last week for a traffic violation is now charged with drug possession. The driver was also arrested per an active arrest warrant from the DPS Vice and Narcotics Unit for a October 2019 matter where drugs were found in his possession...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The passenger of a blue truck in which investigators found a bag that allegedly contained a white crystalline substance, a green leafy substance, and drug paraphernalia was released by police after he was interviewed. However, a week later, Alesana Tikeri, 48, of Vaitogi...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Despite strong opposition from the defense during the preliminary examination (PX) for Derek Sappa this week, District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea found probable cause to bind the case over to High Court, where Sappa is expected to enter a ‘not guilty’ plea this morning...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 32-year-old woman charged in 3 separate criminal cases, including one where she is accused of unlawful possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, entered into a plea agreement yesterday morning. Fiona Tagiese who has been in custody since her arrest last...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A woman convicted of unlawful possession of methamphetamine has been ordered to serve 20 months at the TCF and pay a $1,000 fine as conditions of her 5-year probation. Kalameli Faimasasa, who has been released on a $5,000 surety bond, appeared in court last week for...
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  Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the co-defendants in the 2018 Pago Pago raid whereby police confiscated a huge quantity of drugs, paraphernalia, and cash, is going to jail. Lyon Grey was sentenced to serve 10 years at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF). Prosecutor, Doug Lowe told the...

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