Three arrested after drug raids

By Talaia Mika 02 March 2024, 10:00PM

Three drug raids by the Samoa Police led to the arrest of three individuals last week with both marijuana and methamphetamine netted.

Three drug raids in one week are a big concern according to the Deputy Police Commissioner, Papalii Monalisa Tiai-Keti during an interview with this newspaper.

In light of massive amounts of meth being found in neighbouring Fiji, the Samoa Policve have stepped up their game and want to ensure that the fight against drugs is one they can win.

"Three individuals were caught and arrested from the three raids this week and it is a big concern for police. We will be keeping a close eye on suspected dealers and traffickers and also acknowledge the members of the public for their ongoing support," she said.

Police also conducted a drug search of the Fugalei market as reported by the public of drugs being exchanged at the market.

Faleata Police Outpost in response to a domestic violence complaint searched a rental house at Tulaele and seized utensils and what is believed to be methamphetamine. 

A 31-year-old man of Fasitoouta and Falesiu has been charged with possession of utensil and illicit drugs.

The Criminal Investigation Division searched a home at Alafua and seized marijuana, utensils, methamphetamine weighing four grams, cash and ammunition. Two individuals, a 38-year-old man of Siuniu and Alafua and a 33-year-old of Sinamoga and Vaimoso are jointly charged with possession of narcotics and have been remanded in custody until 11 March 2024. 

SPPCS acknowledged the ongoing support of the community by relaying information to police of suspicious activities that they are encountering highlighting that illicit drugs affect the overall safety of Samoa. 

"We encourage the public to contact SPPCS on telephone 22 222 or email – [email protected] with any information that may assist the police in our collaborative efforts to eradicate illicit drugs from Samoa," police posted on social media.

"Working together for a Safe, Prosperous and Drug Free Samoa."

Meanwhile, this is the fourth drug raid this year in Upolu with the first one in Malifa in January where 14 individuals were charged.

By Talaia Mika 02 March 2024, 10:00PM
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