illegal drugs

Inbound Travellers Warned Of Police Sniffing Canines 

Deidre Fanene

Inbound travellers by sea or air are warned of trained police dogs on duty at the main airports and seaports in Samoa that can sniff out illegal drugs.

Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clark gave the warning at the sentencing of  Mr. Tafuna Tauialo who was caught in possession of the illegal substance meth or “ice” by police dogs.

MY SAY : If It Is Difficult To Know It Is Probably Illegal

Do we have in Samoa an addiction problem for users of illegal drugs?  The Ministry of Health cannot tell and so too does the Ministry of Police.

The only place that can give us some idea is the court system.  Charges of illegal drug possession are common but whether it is for personal use or to earn income or both is difficult to tell.

Marijuana whether it is grown or just grows from the natural process of distribution by animals, wind or water, grows well in Samoa. 

Illegal drugs use shows no addiction health worries   

Local users addicted to illegal drugs for recreational use is yet to show any cause for alarm at the Ministry of Health

The Director General of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri, went over the admission records for patients and they do not show any serious trends of drug addiction to worry about.

“ So far we don’t have any records to say there were x number of people with drug related addiction problems,” Leausa explained.

Costly Court Wait For Vietnamese Woman Accused Of Carrying Illegal Drugs

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

The 24 year old Vietnamese woman charged with carrying illegal drugs into the country a few weeks ago, faces a long, expensive wait, before the court is ready to examine charges against her.

Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke, has set next year the 17th of February 2020, for court to hear the charges.

Dear Oh Dear ……pass the damn ball

The last time we had a dodgy traveller land at Faleolo, our guys were already alerted by border control counterparts from the ports where the person passed through. 

When they pounced on the unsuspecting person on arrival they did indeed found incriminating evidence to take criminal actions.

But before we sing the praises of our frontier border people, back up a bit.

Why wasn’t the suspected traveller stopped and investigated in the other transit ports?

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