9 Feb 2005

Big marijuana haul in American Samoa

11:17 am on 9 February 2005

Criminal charges have been filed in American Samoa's District Court against Iosefo Tauiliili for unlawful possession of marijuana.

He was taken into custody last week following a police raid of his home in the village of Pago Pago which produced seven large rubbish bags of freshly-cut marijuana.

The police found the bags in the space between the ceiling and the roof, apparently being laid there to be dried.

Criminal Intelligence and Investigative Bureau (CIIB) Commander Va'a Sunia, says the street value of the seized drugs ranges between $40 and $50,000 US dollars.

The defendant remains in jail without bail to appear again on Friday.

If convicted he faces a term of 5 to ten years in prison and a hefty fine.