Four arrested and charged from Faleatiu drug raid

Some of the 550 matured marijuana plants police seized during the raid on a mountain far inland of Faleatiu village

By Lagi Keresoma

APIA, SAMOA: TUESDAY 25 AUGUST 2015: The four people arrested from the Faleatiu drug raid last week have been charged and will appear in Court 31 August 2015.

The charges include possession of marijuana, cultivation of marijuana and possession of an unlicensed weapon.

Police spokesperson Superintendent Su’a Muliaga Tiumalu said police are finalizing additional charges against the accused.

Su’a also clarified that the number of marijuana plants found at Faleatiu was more than 5,000.

Overall, the number of matured marijuana plants was 550, 65 small ones planted in pots, 250 branches, 408 seedlings, 5253 seeds found in a Winfield cigarette packet and 1065 seeds found in a bag.

Also found was a 12 gauge weapon, ammunition and 4 machetes.

Su’a said the accused have their own plantations on the same area where the police raid took place.

In a separate drug bust early last week, police arrested a young man operating a food stall at the Savalalo food market suspected of selling marijuana from the stall.

The stall seller was also from the village of Faleatiu.