Police raid arrest 5 at Faleatiu including a young mother


Some of the marijuana plants seized by police in this mornings raid.

BY Lagi Keresoma

APIA, SAMOA: FRIDAY 13 MAY 2016: Police have arrested a 20 year old mother, and four males aged between 17 and 40 in a drug raid early this morning.

“We also have a young child here, and we have to find a family to look after the child,” said Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil who led 50 police officers in the raid.

He said the area has been under the police Tactical Operation Section (TOS) surveillance for some time.

“We have been scoping the area, at 5.00am this morning, we left and we confiscated over 100 marijuana plants, marijuana seeds of over 50 and unauthorized ammunition,” he said.

The police team did not face much trouble, and Fuiavailili believes the suspects knew the police were coming.

“I think they were tipped off by family members when they saw us coming,” said Fuiavailili.

The raid was at the same place they raided last year, which brought in more than 1,000 plants, seeds and also weapons.

“It is the same area raided before, but it’s a big area, hard to traverse but we were determined to go through and clean it up,” he said.

Fuiavailili said certain individuals have not learnt their lesson from the last raid and since this is all family connected, it creates family problems, domestic violence and other crimes.

“That is why we have to make a strong stance on illegal drugs,” he said.

“We were also told by one of the suspects we arrested about a guy who owns 2 AK 47 assault guns, unfortunately, we did not find him,” he said.

Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil and some of the police officers back in base after this mornings raid

Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil and some of the police officers back in base after this mornings raid

The raid was well prepared and successfully executed according to Fuiavailili. The Police got a search and arrest warrant to execute the raid and they searched the whole area for 10 hours and no one was hurt.

Fuiavailili acknowledged the support of the community for the information passed down to them.

During the Mothers’ Day holiday, police busted a drug ring at Savai’i which Fuiavailili believed was generated from Faleatiu.

“Police confiscated 200 marijuana cigarettes and 2 have been charged over that incident.”