7 Apr 2005

American Samoa police say they've arrested important drug supplier

10:17 am on 7 April 2005

A 40-year-old man in Amaluia village in American Samoa has been arrested after police raided his residence and found numerous marijuana plants of various sizes.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Michael Fuiava, is quoted by the Samoa News saying that the execution of the search warrant, resulted in police "putting behind bars, one of the big drug suppliers in the territory."

Mr Fuiava said the raid had confiscated more than 20 nursery marijuana plants, more than 20 plants were one to four feet high and close to 10 marijuana plants between six to 10 feet high.

The newspaper quotes a police source who claimed that the estimated street value of the marijuana plants seized, was between US$30,000 to US$50,000.

It was the second drug bust this year in Amaluia village.