Kokoland ‘melt down’ leads to arrest for marijuana possession
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was arrested for disturbing the public peace and later found with illegal drugs has entered into a plea agreement with the government.
Fiatele Wilson appeared in court this week for a pretrial conference; however, when his case was called, defense attorney, Assistant Public Defender Rob McNeill informed the court that they have reached an agreement with the government.
Wilson was initially charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a felony; and two misdemeanor charges of third degree assault and public peace disturbance.
However, under a plea agreement with the government, accepted by the court, Wilson pled guilty to the amended, lesser charge of unlawful possession of marijuana, a class D felony carrying a possible sentence of up to 5 years in jail, a fine of up to $5,000, or both.
With his guilty pled, Wilson admits that on the evening of July 23, 2019 at his home in Kokoland, he had on him, four hand rolled marijuana joints when police arrested him for disturbing the public peace.
According to terms of the plea agreement, several cops responded to a peace disturbance matter in Kokoland on the night in question. Wilson was present when police pulled up. He was yelling profanities at his neighbor while holding a beer bottle in his right hand.
Wilson was apprehended at the scene and placed inside a police unit for safety reasons, before he was transported to the Tafuna Substation for questioning.
During a body search, police discovered four hand rolled marijuana cigarettes on Wilson, who explained that the joints belonged to him, and he had bought them from a man identified as “Whisky” in Tafuna.
Wilson will be sentenced Feb. 14th.