DPS Kept in the Dark About Airport Drug Case

maiavaActing Commissioner of Public Safety Vaimaga Maiava says police have not been notified about a drug find at the airport two weeks ago.

He says he inquired with the Criminal Investigations Division after KHJ News made inquiries and was told that the only case that police are handling is the recent drug find at the Post Office.

Two weeks ago, a Polynesian Airlines pilot that was flying to Manu’a was handed a package by a man, who up to now , has not been identified.

Our sources say the pilot became suspicious and alerted local staff who called in customs and a canine agent alerted when it sniffed the package.

Inside were marijuana.

Customs Chief Moetului Sipili Fuiava confirmed that drugs were found in the package but declined to give out any information saying that he was conducting an investigating.

According to our sources, the package was addressed to a government employee in Manu’a.

Efforts by KHJ News to find out from airline and airport workers more details about who actually handed the pilot the package have not been successful.

Acting Commissioner Maiava was adamant that this case has not been referred to police.

This despite the fact that several people saw police at the airport on the day it happened.

Regarding the drugs found at the Post Office, Maiava says their investigations are continuing and when they complete their work , they will forward the file to the Attorney General’s Office for a prosecutorial decision.

That package is said to have contained ice.

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