Ice found in mail valued at $90,000


The discovery of ice valued at $90,000 in a package that came through the mail, has landed a woman behind bars.

Mele Moimoi Mapu has been bound over to High Court on a charge of unlawful possession of crystal methamphetamine or ice.

Court information indicates that the defendant went to the Post Office last week to pick up a package that was suspected to contain illegal drugs.

One of the customs dogs alerted near the package and customs officers waited to see who will pick it up.

When Mapu arrived at the Post Office to uplift the package she was asked about the contents.

Court files say she responded that the package contained methamphetamine.

Police estimate there was more than two pounds of ice in the package, with a street value of $90,000.

During her preliminary examination today before Judge Pro Tem Gwen tauiliili, the defendant said she bought the meth from a man she met on Facebook but has never met in person.

The judge found probable cause to support the single count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine, and bound the case over to High Court.

Unlawful possession of drugs is a felony punishable by not more than 10 years imprisonment, a fine of not more than $10,000 or both.

Mapu was represented by Assistant Public Defender, Kate Hannaher while prosecuting the matter was Assistant Attorney General, Kristi Dunn.