Ice, guns and ammo found in Fa'atoia
A Police response to a domestic violence case led to the discovery of hard drugs, guns and live ammunition at a residence in Fa’aotia.
The discovery of the illegal material last week was confirmed by the Commissioner of Police, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.
Five people were arrested, including two women, in Fa’atoia last Thursday.
“Police discovered what appeared to be crystal methamphetamine (a drug also known as 'ice') in small packages; cannabis; utensils used to inhale drugs; firearms and live ammunition,” said the Commissioner.
“Of the five people arrested, one is a parolee with a criminal record.”
The Commissioner said the matter was handled by the Police Criminal Investigation Division and the Tactical Unit.
It is not known whether those arrested have been charged with the Commissioner declined to comment. It also could not be established whether the residence was already under surveillance or if Police had executed a search warrant leading to the discovery.
The Commissioner noted investigations into the matter are ongoing.
The year-end raid comes after last month when the Police executed the biggest drug bust in Samoa's history in an operation at Faleatiu, which netted about 10,000 marijuana plants, firearms, methamphetamine, ammunition and cash.
That operation, led by Police Commissioner Fuiavailiili Egon Keil, began deep in the woods of Faleatiu and led to an armed standoff. It ended without gunfire and six suspects being arrested including two women and career criminal Uili Manuleleua.
The value of the drugs discovered in Faleatiu amounted to $10 million said the Police Commissioner at the time
The operation was carried out by close to 100 police officers performing surveillance and a handful clad in official Police uniform.
To date 11 suspects, including two couples, charged in connection to the nation's biggest-ever drug bust.
The Police have issued a warning to members of the public involved in cultivating and dealing marijuana or any form of illegal drug that they would face criminal consequences.
Police have also appealed to members of the public for assistance in providing information about those suspected to be dealing with drugs.
“[The Police force] also encourages the members of the public who may have information or know of someone who continually cultivates and/or dealing with illegal drugs to come forward,” said the Police.