A Member of the Samoa Council of Deputies says villagers convicted of drug-related charges should also be dealt with at village level.
Speaking to the Samoa Observer this week, Tuiletufuga Le Mamea Ropati Mualia, was responding to concerns raised by Supreme Court Justice Vui Clarence Nelson.
The judge had spoken about a lack of work being done at village level to deal with the drug problem and abusers.
Justice Nelson questioned why the Apia village council did not penalise a man from Apia village who recently pleaded guilty to drugs charges.
Tuiletufuga Le Mamea, who is a senior orator of Apia village, said anyone involved in drugs who is convicted by court should be penalised by the village council.