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Simultaneous armed drug raids in Petesa and Fagaima yesterday

DPS Central Station

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Vice and Narcotics of the Department of Public Safety was at it again early Monday morning, raiding two separate residences — one in the village of Petesa and simultaneously in Fagaima village.

Close to $5,000 cash, along with methamphetamine (meth), marijuana, and glass pipes, with a total street value of close to $10,000 were seized from the two locations.

The officers were armed during the drug raids.

Samoa News reached out to Deputy Commissioners Foifua Jr Vaipuna and Terry Letuli but efforts were unsuccessful as of press time.

However a senior police officer told Samoa News that a total of four people were taken into police custody during the raid.

The officers executed a search warrant at a rental complex in Petesa and a family home in Fagaima at the same time, with more than 10 police officers involved in the two events.

The officer said the raid was a result of weeks of surveillance after police received calls from concerned members of the public telling them drug sales were going on around the villages in question.

One man was detained from Petesa and three from Fagaima — including two men and a woman.

At the raid in Fagaima, the one woman who was taken into police custody had a glass pipe stuffed down her private parts and it was uncovered by police during the raid.

The glass pipe was filled with meth.

These two raids add to the holiday list of drug busts the Department of Public Safety seems to have going. There were two in November.

The first was on Veterans Day, November 11th, when Vice and Narcotics executed a search warrant on the residence of Semi Aiava in Pago Pago and took in eight people, whose identities were mentioned in the search warrant.

Police found meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia during the raid along with a vehicle which was impounded as a result. Some of the detectives and officers were also some armed during the Pago Pago raid.

Also in November, three men were arrested following an armed drug raid in Mesepa. Vice and Narcotics officers executed a search warrant in a home at Mesepa where they uncovered meth or ice, drug paraphernalia and cash.

Further confiscated by police were tubes used to make glass pipes to smoke meth, said a senior officer who was not allowed to speak to the media.