SAMOAN CREWMEMBERS TARGET OF AMERICAN SAMOA SMUGGLING INVESTIGATION

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By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (August 17, 2000 - PIDP/CPIS)---Fourteen of the 16 crewmembers of the Fotu-O-Samoa have been released as suspects in the government's investigation into the attempted smuggling of 16 cases of cigarettes into American Samoa last week.

However, Assistant Attorney General and Task Force on White Collar Crime Program Manager Robert Maez said two crewmembers are still part of the investigation.

Maez decline to reveal the ranking of the two detained crewmembers.

A representative of the Samoa Shipping Corporation, who was in the territory early this week, met with investigators.

Maez confirmed that the local businesswoman who owns the shipment is also being investigated.

The woman, a native of Samoa, resides in the territory and operates an import and export business.

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