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American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was stopped for speeding, found not to have a driver’s license, and when apprehended, allegedly punched and kicked a cop and resisted arrest, had further bad luck when the vehicle he was driving was searched and illegal drugs, a firearm, live ammunition, and...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICA SAMOA — Two men were arrested and charged after police officers allegedly discovered drugs, guns and money inside a black bag found when their vehicle was searched. Faafetai Lefatia Jr, also know as “UNA BOY” and Daisy Mareko were arrested by police on Thursday of last week, Nov...
Some of the thousands of marijuana plants confiscated in Samoa late last week.
Apia, SAMOA — Police rounded up the biggest drug bust operation in Samoa with about 10,000 marijuana plants, military firearms, methamphetamine utensils and cash seized at Faleatiu. The operation in the deepwoods of Faleatiu Thursday morning saw six suspects being arrested in relation to the bust...
Tautua Letasi outside of the High Cour
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Justice Michael Kruse has declared a mistrial in the Tautua Letasi drug case, after the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict. Immediately after Kruse delivered his decision, prosecutor, Assistant Attorney General, Woodrow Pengelly asked the court to set...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — During final arguments in the case between the American Samoa Government and Tautua Letasi, the defense attorney told jurors the government’s case against his client is all about “assumption”. Day 3 of Letasi’s trial saw the government wrapping up its case after...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government revealed during the second day of Tautua Letasi’s jury trial that based on the evidence they collected from the vehicle Letasi drove on the early morning of May 21, 2017, along with other evidence found at his home in Aoloau, they came to the conclusion...
Chief Justice Michael Kruse
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Jury instructions and opening statements for the jury trial of a man accused of unlawful possession of illegal drugs and weapons began yesterday in High Court. Tautua Letasi, who is out on a $60,000 surety bond, is charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine with...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The jury trial of a man accused of unlawful possession of illegal drugs and possession of an unregistered 12-gauge shotgun and a 22-caliber rifle kicked-off yesterday at the High Court with jury selection. Tautua Letasi, who is out on a $60,000 surety bond is charged...