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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The High Court issued a bench warrant last week for a defendant who is accused of disobeying conditions of his probation. The Order to Show Cause (OSC) hearing for Philip Mavaega was scheduled for last Friday, after the Probation Office filed a revocation motion in court...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Samoan man in Hawai’i, described by federal prosecutors, as a leader of a Samoan gang both inside and outside of the prison system in the Aloha State was among 11 individuals arrested and charged late last week in connecting with a high-profile case, in which the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICA SAMOA — A 42-year-old man with two bench warrants issued by the District Court for failure to appear for two separate cases was arrested for alleged possession of methamphetamine last Wednesday when the vehicle he was driving was pulled over by detectives from the DPS Vice and...
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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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