The Police are investigating claims that drugs – mainly marijuana – are being sold inside the Tafa’igata Prison.
This was confirmed by Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo.
The investigation follows a failed plot by Prisoners to stage a mass prison break while the nation was preparing for Cyclone Gita on Friday.
The plan was apparently concocted by the senior hierarchy among the prisoner population, the Samoa Observer was told.
The Police was given a tip off and 90 officers turned up at the Prison.
“During the raid, marijuana joints and a stash of cash were discovered,” Auapa’au said.
“The Police are now investigating the discocery.”
Asked whether the Police uncovered drugs in previous raids, Auapa’au declined to comment.
The Samoa Observer understands this is not the first time that drugs have been found at the prison.
In the meantime, Auapa’au confirmed that the Police have charged a man in connection to the drugs found last week.
Pressed as to the status of the prisoners accused of spearheading the foiled plot, Auapa’au said: “That is all I can say for now.”
It was not possible to get a comment from the Samoa Prison and Correction Services yesterday.
Emails sent to A.C.E.O. Ulugia Niuia Aumua and Minister of Prisons, Tialavea Tinisio Hunt, were not responded to as of press time.