Samoa Police Burn Confiscated Illegal Drugs

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Drugs were from old evidence and newly taken in recent raids

By Lagi Keresoma

APIA, Samoa (Talamua, Nov. 25, 2015) – Thousands of tala worth of illegal drugs confiscated by police went up in smoke at the Tafa’igata rubbish dump yesterday.

Leading the police team was Commissioner Egon Keil and 2 Assistant Commissioners. Keil said taking them off the street will ensure the safety of the public and country.

Some of the drugs were confiscated from recent raids while others have been evidence in old court cases. "There are other ways of disposing them but it has been recommended by the Ministry of Health (MOH) the Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment and other entities to dispose of it this way," said Commissioner Keil.

He said the disposal of any drugs depends on the Attorney General’s office who use all items as evidence in cases. The sooner the matter is dealt with in Court, the sooner they would be disposed off, said Commissioner Keil.

He does not like drugs hanging around the office long because "things happen".

"Ideally, the sooner the AG is done with it, then get rid of it as soon as possible," said Commissioner Keil.

Police used to burn drugs behind their main office in Apia, but according to Commissioner Keil, it is best to take it to isolated areas so the smoke would not affect anyone.

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