13 Apr 2012

Samoa woman charged in US over drug money

7:54 am on 13 April 2012

An American Samoan woman accused of using her airline security credentials to bypass airport security to transport drug money to California has pled not guilty.

Sifatutupu Fuamatu, who worked as a ramp agent for Delta Air Lines at the Honolulu International Airport, was charged last month along with 3 co-defendants, including two other Samoans

A federal grand jury in Honolulu handed down a seven count indictment against the defendants, who were accused of knowingly and intentionally conspiring to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute about 390 pounds of methamphetamine between May 2011 and January this year.

It is also alleged that in November, Sifatutupu Fuamatu flew to Los Angeles from Honolulu and delivered 554,000 US dollars in drug proceeds to a drug dealer in California.

The four are now scheduled for trial in June.