24 Apr 2003

Ice drug charges possible for the first time in Samoa

3:52 pm on 24 April 2003

The Attorney General's Office in Samoa says it is preparing to lay its first ever charge over the use of amphetamine drugs.

Prosecutor Kristy Ruddock has argued for Joe Lafeale Faulkner to continue to be held in custody while police prepare what would the first ever case involving the drug popularly known as ice.

However the court granted him bail but requested he surrender all travel documents and report to police twice a week.

He had been held since Thursday on marijuana and gun possession charges, but Ms Ruddock said he was a flight risk and they wanted him held longer while the amphetamine charge is investigated.

She says that police think the amphetamines were being sent to New Zealand.

Faulkner's lawyer, Toleafoa Solomona Toailoa, had argued it could take months to investigate the New Zealand link.