24 Oct 2012

Sweep of arrests to curb American Samoa underage drinking

4:07 pm on 24 October 2012

Close to 40 arrests were made over the weekend in American Samoa amid efforts by police to tackle underage drinking.

Police captain Lima Togia says a majority of the 36 people caught were shopowners and workers who had allegedly sold alcohol to minors.

Mr Togia says the enforcement programme was initiated by the Commissioner of Public Safety, Tuaolo Manaia Fruean, who wants to eliminate the problem of underage drinking.

The effort involved 15 police officers working 12 hours days for seven days.

Mr Togia says alcohol is a contributing factor in crimes such as public peace disturbance, assault and theft.