Police Raid Home of Man Charged with Posession of Drug Utensils and Handgun

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The Samoa Police Tactical Operations Squad (TOS) this morning searched the home of a man who was last night charged with possession of drug utensils and a handgun with ammunition.

Responding to questions from Samoa Global News, Police Commissioner Su’a Fuiavailiili Egon Keil said Rankin, who has a previous drug related conviction, was arrested after a Police chase blocked his vehicle at the 3-corners at Taufusi last night.

One man brought into custody following home search.

Witnesses say Police stopped traffic near the lights, across from HJ Keil Taufusi near Rhema last night in what looked like a raid of Mr Rankin’s vehicle.

“We recognised William Rankin’s distinctive orange vehicle..,” they said.

Mr. Rankin’s vehicle now parked at police headquarters.

The Police Commissioner said this morning’s search of Mr Rankin’s home stemmed from last night’s incident.

According to the Commissioner, “Mr Rankin is also charged with other road traffic violations, including evading police”.

The full Tactical Operations Squad were seen returning to Police Headquarters in an entourage of vehicles. One young man was seen being taken into custody.

It is not yet clear if a further arrest has been made following the home search this morning.