24 Jun 2016

American Samoa Customs find gun and drugs in car

8:24 am on 24 June 2016

American Samoa customs officials have found a gun and a canister of marijuana hidden in a used vehicle imported from the United States by a local resident.

Chief of Customs Moetului Fuiava Sipili says the weapon and drugs are in his custody while they conduct an internal investigation.

But he's released the vehicle to the owner without explanation.

When he was first appointed three years ago, Moetului started manual checks of car imports saying he suspected this was how guns and drugs were entering the island.