Ex-customs agent in PO bust is Teni Kalolo Luamanu

The former customs agent who was arrested and charged in connection with a drug bust at the Post Office last Friday morning, has been identified as Teni Kalolo Luamanu.

He was an almost 20 year veteran of the Customs Division of Treasury but recently resigned.

The package that Luamanu went to the Post Office to retrieve that morning was addressed to him.

It apparently had been sitting at the Post Office for about 3 weeks.

Sources say that because the package had been kept in a warm place for that long it was emitting a strong smell of cannabis.

A customs dog had alerted near the package and when it was opened, the marijuana was hidden in speakers inside.

The marijuana weighed about 2 pounds, according to our sources.

There is speculation that the package was to be cleared by another customs agent however that agent was on vacation.

Luamanu made his initial appearance in District Court yesterday and his pre trial conference is set for next week.


  1. Dante

    It’s only a herb. Why waste time on a herb that has more curative than expensive synthetic prescriptions that heals none? Time and resources should be best focused on the meth scourge, human trafficking, and domestic violence?

    1. *eyeroll*

      Couldn’t agree more – but he shouldn’t be shipping it through the post office. It grows like a weed here, they should be supporting the local agriculture business.

  2. rankon

    within some govt agencies, there are individuals that continue to manipulate the system; helping their former colleagues with ongoing illegal activities. this is why we always want to gave background checks and drug tests prior to hiring both for private and govt jobs. the immigration department must also be vigilant with the action of securing; health and police records of individuals from other countries. american samoa is crowded with either overstayers or repeated offenders of other nationalities and seriously impact both social and economical welfare of the whole territory.

  3. Jordan

    Try sticking to the facts Talanei. That last bit about speculations of another customs agent involved is just pure gossip. It only creates more undue gossip and ridicule for that is the nature of the beast so to speak. Can the speculations be verified? If can, then why not name the person or your source who’s speculating. There are still honest individuals working within customs. But that type of reporting tends to cast a dark wide cloud amongst those honest individuals. Just saying

  4. Fili ole Tama ole Maua!

    Well that defines the new looking neighborhood in Leloaloa and a huge red ride! About time he gets caught! Magaia le suāmalie o kupe palapalā! LMAO! You should have stopped after resigning man, tsk tsk tsk! Ua ma ke ai a oe! LMAO!

      1. Fili ole Tama ole Maua!

        LMAOL! Oh I’m sorry, did I hit the bulls eye? Jackpot! Airerere palapalā lo’u loto dear! Mea mai le vete? It all speaks for itself! E le’o le maua atu loa ae fai mai e innocent till proven guilty! Ua leva lava ona guilty o ia darling! The truth hurts but you got to accept it! Fiafia e talia mea palapalā ae musu e talia le matagā? Oh no hunny, inu iai. Ta’uvalea ai fua Leloaloa! Pa sau nap????

    1. Now what?

      @Fili, that is the general response now and now we’re going to witness the slow decaying (o mea maua mai le veke, e fo’i lava le veke) because the source is gone…should’ve quit when ahead…but nooooo, too sweet huh…hehehe!


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