ARREST WARRANT ISSUED IN PAGO PAGO DRUG BUST

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (March 1, 1999 - PACNEWS)---In American Samoa, an arrest warrant has been issued for a 39 year old man who traveled with a 15 year old boy found carrying packets of cocaine and ice (crystal methamphetamine) at Pago Pago International Airport, last week.

The drugs are estimated to have a street value of US$ 10,000.

A spokesman for the Department of Public Safety said the man was not immediately arrested on the night that customs agents at the airport discovered the drugs on the 15 year old, because they then did not have any evidence linking him to the drugs.

The pair arrived on a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Honolulu last Monday.

According to customs agents, the man kept answering questions directed to the 15 year old during a routine search of passengers' luggage. The two had both traveled together to Hawai‘i on a Friday evening and returned the following Monday.

According to a Criminal Investigation Division officer, investigation by police revealed evidence that the man could be connected to the drug find, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

As for the boy, police have not decided whether he will be charged as an adult or juvenile. His identity has not been released.

According to the boy's parents, they did not know that their son had gone to Honolulu for the weekend until they were called by airport police after the drug bust.

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