Court to rule on $6000 drug proceeds

A Court will determine what will be done with a stack of more than $6000 cash believed to be the proceeds of drug sales after the conclusion of concurrent criminal proceedings. 

A 37-year-old man from Alafua and Vailoa was arrested two weeks ago after Police searched his vehicle and found methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a handgun, live ammunition and cash. 

The total value of the methamphetamine seized is estimated to have a street value of $40,000. 

The money was denominated in American, Australian and Samoan currencies. 

In response to queries from the Samoa Observer, the Deputy Police Commissioner, Papali’i Monalisa Keti, confirmed the money is believed to be the proceeds of illegal narcotic sales. 

She did not specify the total amount of money seized by Police during the search. 

“The Court will determine whether money is [a] proceed of crime and rule accordingly,” said Papali’i. 

A Police source said the man’s vehicle was searched by Police after the man parked outside a church building, where he slept with a gun in plain sight. 

He said a passing nun contacted Police after seeing the man inside the vehicle. 

The suspect has been remanded in custody until his next court appearance on March 9. 

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