Three Arrested in Drug Raid at Faleatiu and Satapuala Appear in Court

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Police returning to headquarters after the drug raid of 01 Dec 2020. Photo: Maina Vai

The three men arrested during a police raid at Faleatiu and Satapuala on the 1st of December appeared in Court via video link from Tanumalala Prison.

Lua Seupule Vili, Leo Taupauna Neemia and Misipele Fuifui were all unrepresented.

Neemia and Fuifui pleaded guilty to charges relating to growing marijuana plants and for possession of marijuana leaves, while one defendant, Lua Seupule Vili pleaded not guilty to cultivating marijuana plants, but did confess to possession.

The three men were charged with growing marijuana plants and possession of marijuana leaves.

The two who pleaded guilty are remanded in custody to await sentencing in late January 2021.

Lua Seulupe Vili will also appear in late January to set dates for a hearing.

There three men were arrested by police during a raid at the villages of Faleatiu and Satapuala where up to 4,000 marijuana plants estimated at $4,000,000 tala were discovered.

Police returning to headquarters after the drug raid of 01 Dec 2020. Photo: Maina Vai

Marieta H Ilalio