One arrest over drug shipment seizure

A shipment of marijuana from the United States of America was intercepted by the Ministry of Customs and Revenue and Police on Friday. 

The joint operation led to the arrest of a 57-year-old male connected to the shipment.

The incoming freight was detected by the joint K9 Unit, which is composed of Customs and Police, according to a release from the Ministry of Customs and Revenue. 

The man will be charged with offences relating to the seizure, the statement said.

Efforts to get a comment from the Chief Executive Officer of the M.C.R., Matafeo Avalisa Fautuaali'i, and the Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil, were unsuccessful.

"The public is reminded as we head into the festive season that despite [state of emergency] restrictions, the work for border security and community safety is ongoing, and [...these] offences will not be tolerated," the statement said.

"The [Ministry of Customs and Revenue] and the [Police] will pursue joint charges of the offence committed and continue to work collaboratively for the security of Samoa and its communities."

The interception at the port comes after armed Police seized 4000 marijuana plants after they executed an armed raid on drug plantations deep in the mountains of Satapuaala and Faleatiu on Tuesday.

Led by the Commissioner, the drugs were confiscated after Police had spent the morning scouring four marijuana farms.

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