HAWAII -SAMOA PACKAGES SCREENED FOR DRUGS

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PAGO PAGO (July 9, 1997 - SAMOA NEWS)---A series of discoveries of drugs being mailed from Honolulu to American Samoa has prompted the establishment of a thorough parcel screening procedure by the Honolulu post office.

All packages bound for American Samoa through the mails now are being thoroughly screened in Honolulu before they are loaded onto airplanes or other carriers.

The new procedure was prompted by requests from the American Samoa Department of Public Safety to the U.S. Postal Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to investigate the matter.

The requests resulted from discoveries of marijuana and crystal methamphetamine being sent from Hawaii to the South Pacific territory.

U.S. Postal Service inspector in Honolulu Thomas Taylor says a parcel profiling operation has been established in Honolulu, in an effort to quickly detect narcotics being sent to American Samoa. The investigative procedure was perfected on the U.S. mainland, he added, and has proven to be very successful.

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