Samoa Customs Officers Uncover Methamphetamines

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Local quarantine officer attempted to collect bag with drugs

By Lance Polu

APIA, Samoa (Talamua, Dec. 18, 2012) – The busy airport traffic after Cyclone Evan hit Samoa may have been used as a distraction.

But the alert Customs Officers at the Faleolo International Airport led to the discovery and arrest yesterday of Quarantine Officer who is now charged for the possession of methamphetamine.

The off duty Quarantine Officer collected a bag that was sent from overseas and held by Customs Officers after the were made aware of the contents and waited for the person who would collect it.

The Customs and Quarantine have adjacent offices at the Airport and there were reports of senior officers making an effort for the matter not to go to police.

The Police Deputy Commissioner & Media spokesman, Leaupepe Fatu Pula has praised the Customs Officers for holding to very high ethical standards despite the pressure from some senior officers.

Leaupepe told Talamua that this high standard of honesty from government officials is very much needed to have effective control and protection of our borders from unwanted traffic.

The Quarantine officer has yet to appear in Court for mention.

Cyclone Evan death toll

Leauepe also reconfirmed the death toll remains at four and ten people missing mainly fishermen. He said that the body of a man recovered yesterday from the debris at Vaiala has yet to be confirmed if he was the Maagiagi man missing since the flooding last Thursday.

Also missing still is the three year old girl also of Maagiagi suspected to have been washed by the floods. He said the Orion search only found an upturned fishing boat but no survivors. He would not confirm the eight dead as quoted by the overseas media.

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