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Drug bust couple denies drug charges

A couple charged in connection to the nation’s biggest drug estimated to be more than $10 million has denied being caught with marijuana in their possession. 

Wheelchair-bound, Malaesaili Sinapati, and his wife, Alisa Sinapati, entered a not guilty plea to possession of marijuana seeds in the Supreme Court this week. 

They were represented by lawyer, Leota Tima Leavai.

The couple was released on bail and will face trial with seven other co-defendants from the same raid carried out on 14 September 2019.  

Two of the accused from Faleatiu raid have already pleaded guilty to the charges against them. 

Senerita Maluolefale Malu pleaded guilty to three charges of possession of narcotics.

Her husband, Kilifi Palau, had denied the three possession of narcotic charges against that he is jointly charged with his wife. 

Tuanai Ioka, who appeared separately pleaded guilty to four charges of cultivating 10,964 prohibited plants, possession of ammunition and firearms after he was unable to get a lawyer paid by the Government. 

The firearms include: a 12 gauge rifle, one .22 rifle, and one .303 revolver.

He is remanded in custody together with Ms. Malu until January 27 for sentencing. 

Other suspects; Fotu Baby Sanele, Parataiso Toailoa, Iakopo Iakopo and Uili Manulelea have all denied charges of possession of marijuana and ammunitions against them. 

Their hearing is on 14 September. 

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