11 Feb 2006

Samoa ferry firm will work to prevent smuggling to American Samoa

8:13 am on 11 February 2006

The Samoa Shipping Corporation has offered assurances that it wil step up efforts to prevent the smuggling of drugs from Samoa into American Samoa on the Lady Naomi ferry.

The Chief Executive Officer Papali'i Willie Nansen, has offered the corporation's apologies to the American Samoa Government for the incident this week, in which a large quantity of marijuana, believed to have been smuggled in by crew members, was found on the vessel.

Papali'i told the American Samoa Tribune newspaper that security checks would be stepped up, and crew members would now be searched along with passengers before departure from Apia.

Only one of the two crew members of the Lady Naomi arrested in Pago Pago on Thursday has been charged.

Thirty year old Felise Filimaupu will appear in District Court in American Samoa this morning on a charge of possession of controlled substance.