4 Mar 2009

America Samoa drug bust points to ineffective surveillance in neighbouring Samoa

4:56 pm on 4 March 2009

The latest drugs bust in American Samoa, involving a passenger on the interisland vessel the Lady Naomi, has raised questions about the effectiveness of inspections by police in neighbouring Samoa.

In the latest incident, last week, a man was found allegedly trying to smuggle nearly two kilogrammes of marijuana into the territory.

The drugs were found by a Customs sniffer dog in a bag of taro that belonged to the defendant when the ship docked in Pago Pago.

The crew of the Lady Naomi say Samoa police had checked luggage and cargo before the vessel sailed to Pago Pago last Thursday night.