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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man with a prior conviction for receiving stolen property 3 years ago was sentenced by the High Court last week to 5 years probation after being convicted for violating local drug laws. Muka Godinet, who was released on bond, appeared before Chief Justice Michael Kruse...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who is on probation for stealing and burglary is now in custody after being arrested by police last month and charged for violating local drug laws. William Pania made his initial appearance in District Court last month. He is charged with one count of unlawful...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A driver of a vehicle pulled over by several police officers last month for violating traffic laws is now arrested and charged for violating local drug laws after police allegedly discovered drugs in his possession and in his vehicle. Ah Chong Lefatia, who is on...
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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 young man from Tafuna with a long criminal history entered into a plea agreement with the government two weeks ago in District Court. Avei Tupuse, who is on probation, was initially charged with 4 misdemeanors including 2 counts of third degree assault, resisting...
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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 — A man who is on probation for stealing and burglary is now back in court after another stealing allegation. Police arrested Pulusi Akeli two weeks after he was released from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) after serving a 28-month detention. Akeli made his...
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  Repeat offender Ualesi Ugapo was ordered by the court last week to serve out the remaining 8 months of a 20-month sentence from a 2017 case. The decision came after the court found Ugapo in violation of conditions of his 5-year probation. Ugapo was found guilty by the District Court last month of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man with prior convictions for stealing and unlawful possession of illegal drugs is back in court — once again charged with both. This time, he’s accused of stealing money from his aunt to buy meth for himself and his friends, and he was found with meth in his...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who is on probation for a drug conviction from three years ago was arrested two weeks ago on the allegation that he assaulted his neighbor by hitting him on the head with a rock. When the defendant was arrested, police discovered drugs on his person and inside his...

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