Samoa Reportedly Close To Securing American Samoa Entry Into Pacific Transnational Crime Network

Potential transnational crime unit in Pago Pago would help address regional smuggling

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, July 27, 2016) – Samoa's Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil says he's speaking with American Samoa about setting up a transnational crime unit in Pago Pago.

21 countries that make up the Pacific Transnational Crime Network have been trying to get American Samoa as a member, and according to Fuiavailili American Samoa has finally come on board.

The Samoa police commissioner said illegal substances were entering Samoa from American Samoa and vice versa. He said the unit would mean improved communication between the two island groups.

Last Friday night, a passenger on the Lady Naomi trip from Pago pago to Apia was taken into custody after he was found with drug paraphernalia.

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