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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 — A woman convicted for violating local drug laws is ordered to serve 180 days at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF). Malaetina Laulu, 44, who has been in custody since her arrest last month, unable to post a $5,000 surety bond, appeared in court last week for...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of sexually abusing his 16-year-old sister-in-law was arrested by police last month after the victim’s stepfather filed a complaint with the police. When apprehended, officers discovered illegal drugs in the suspect’s possession. (Samoa News has chosen not...
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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 — The driver of a red pick-up truck in which investigators allegedly found a black pouch containing a green leafy substance and white crystalline substance has been arrested and charged with unlawful possession of illegal drugs in the territory. Opetaia Valaau made his...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two men were taken by police into custody last week following a fight in Malaeimi, according to court information. The accused, Faamata Lasi and Jason Laulu, made their initial appearances in District Court last week. Faamata is charged with one count of unlawful...
Johnny Banse (left) and Wayne Jack Banse (right)
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 — Tevita Tihilau made his initial appearance in District Court last week after being charged with unlawful possession of illegal drugs after fleeing from police and being caught. He is charged with one count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine; one count of unlawful...

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