24 Jun 2008

Former Samoa tobacco company boss guilty of drugs crime

3:29 pm on 24 June 2008

A former general manager of a tobacco company in Samoa, Semisi Lafi, has been found guilty of five counts of possession of narcotics and one of possession of an unlawful automatic pistol.

The verdict was delivered by the chief judge, Patu Tiava'asu'e Falefatu Sapolu, after two years of police investigations, preliminary hearings and a trial.

The accused had pleaded not guilty to his charges since he was arrested in February 2006.

During a drug operation, the police had found methamphetamine and cocaine.

The court was told that the unlawful weapon was found in the accused's bed room.

Lafi will be sentenced next month.