14 Dec 2018

Call for drug issues in Samoa to be dealt with at village level

10:13 am on 14 December 2018

A Member of the Samoa Council of Deputies says villagers convicted of drug-related charges should also be dealt with at village level.

Drugs on a black surface.

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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.