AMERICAN SAMOA MAIL FROM HAWAII TO BE SCREENED FOR DRUGS

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (May 2, 1998 - Samoa News)---All postal packages bound for American Samoa from Hawaii will undergo a compete profile screening by the U.S. Postal Service in Honolulu before they are loaded onto aircraft.

The procedure came about six months ago as a result of requests made by American Samoa's Department of Public Safety to the U.S. Postal Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, following the recent rise of drugs found in the mail by local postal officials.

"We have established a parcel profiling operation in Honolulu in an effort to detect narcotics in parcels en route to American Samoa," Postal Inspector Thomas C. Taylor notified Deputy Commissioner Mike Sala recently.

"We have perfected this investigative procedure on the U.S. mainland, where it has proven to be very successful," continued Taylor. "With new and improved lines of communication, I am confident that we will be highly effective in our joint effort."

Last year, U.S. Postal Inspector Deane Day had quietly visited American Samoa to look into the security problems faced by the local Post Office, as well as to check into the unsolved theft of a large amount of the drug "ice" and marijuana from the local post office.

Voicing support for local efforts, Postal Inspector Taylor advocated there is "strength in numbers and, by joining forces, we will enhance our mission of ridding the mail of controlled substances through better communications and cooperation.

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