7 Feb 2007

American Samoa village acts to stop residents selling drugs

2:59 pm on 7 February 2007

A village council in American Samoa wants to ensure there are no more drug activities within its boundaries.

The paramount chief of Leone village, Tuitele Tony, says the leaders are unhappy the village's name has been tarnished by recent court cases involving drugs.

He says the council has brought in stiff fines that will be meted out to any family which is found to be growing or involved in the selling of drugs.

Tuitele says the fines will involve substantial amounts of food and cash.

He says Leone also wants to apply for grants to help generate pportunities for the village's youth.