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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of violating local drug laws has asked the court to set his matter for trial. Uputonu Lui who had been in custody since his arrest last year, unable to post $5,000 surety bond, appeared in court two weeks ago for his pretrial conference. When his case was...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who is on probation for a drug conviction from three years ago was arrested last month on the allegation that he assaulted a man by hitting him on the head with a rock. When the defendant was arrested, police discovered drugs on his person and in his vehicle. Finau...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was arrested during a traffic stop last month when illegal drugs were allegedly found in his possession told police that he bought drugs from the area called “Le Filifili” for his own personal use. Tufa’aga Laki made his initial appearance in District Court...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man convicted of stealing equipment belonging to the government and later violating local drug laws is going to jail. Malaki Sefulu was ordered to serve 28 months in jail as a condition of his 7-year probation. Sefulu, who has been in custody since his arrest,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Assistant Public Defender, Ryan Anderson told the High Court during the sentencing of the defendant Vise Gauta, convicted for violating local drug laws that there are facilities that can help people with a drug problem but TCF (Territorial Correctional Facility) is not...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A taxi driver and a passenger who were arrested and charged with violating local drug laws after police executed a search warrant on a taxi cab in Ottoville last year have entered into a plea agreement with the government. Assistant Public Defender Ryan Anderson...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of pointing a knife at a woman’s throat in the presence of their two young children was arrested and he’s now in custody. While arresting the man, police found a baggie of methamphetamine and marijuana joints on him. (Samoa News has decided to print the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 30-year-old man who was picked up by police, pursuant to an arrest warrant from the court, on the allegation that he unlawfully entered the home of another family and stole several items including power tools and two laptops, is now being charged with unlawful...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man with several bench warrants and a large number of traffic fines was arrested last week on allegations of unlawful drug possession. Taeao Auelua made his initial appearance in District Court and bail was set at $5,000 cash. He is charged with one count of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The driver of a vehicle pulled over for a traffic violation is now charged for violating local drug laws. Shane Taupau made his initial appearance in District Court last week. He is charged with one count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine, an unclassified felony...

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