Efforts by Police to reduce the drug problem in Samoa with the recent raid at the flea market have been applauded by several flea market vendors.
Last week, the Samoa Police Service carried out a drug raid at the Savalalo Flea market where about 100 Police officers were seen with their K9 dogs.
All the access roads leading into the Flea Market were closed off by the Police.
For fear of repercussions from the alleged drug dealers, the street vendors opted not to use their full names.
One vendor, who only wants to be identified and Vin, applauds the Police for heeding their call to clear the drug dealers from the market.
He has been in the business for 10 years nows.
“We witness them all the time selling their illegal drugs to people of all ages, from high school students to the elderly population.”
“We had to do something about it and what other way than to report the Police to take a hold of the situation,” he said.
Another vendor, an elderly mother, was ecstatic the alleged drug dealers were caught.
“Not all of them were taken but at least now they know we will not hesitate to report illegal activities to the Police when we see them again hanging out at the market.”
“And as a mother, you wouldn’t want your children to be buying drugs.”
“I am happy the raid took place, now those who are planning to be a drug dealer will stay away from the market.”
“And this is why most of the students come to the market to buy their drugs,” she said.
According to a press statement issued by the Police on the matter, the raid follows increasing public concerns on the issue of marijuana being sold at the flea market which poses a risk to the youth of Samoa.
“A majority of these men are known to Police for being dealers and suppliers of marijuana.”
“However, due to their histories, they have master ways of concealing narcotics from the Police and K9 dogs.”
“A total of eight individuals were arrested and six were charged for possession of narcotics.”
“Police also managed to seize a certain amount of marijuana cigarettes found on these individuals.”
The Ministry of Police further advised that marijuana is illegal in Samoa.
“If anyone has any concerns with regards to any narcotics matter please contact our Narcotics Division on 22 222 ext 292,” according to the Police statement.