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Former Samoa official jailed on drugs charges

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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's former Assistant Electoral Commissioner, Afualo Daryl Mapu, has been sentenced to jail on drugs charges.

Afualo, 39, was found guilty of charges of possession of narcotics, utensils, unlawful weapons, unregistered firearms, unlawful ammunition, and ammunition without permit.

He was sentenced in the Supreme Court to a total of 18 months in prison, and the Court has ordered his various sentencings to be served concurrently with time already spent in custody to be deducted.

Supreme Court Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren said the quantity of methamphetamine found on the accused was not insignificant.

She also said the increasing prevalence of this drug in Samoa and the impact on society cannot be understated.

His co-defendant Marie Fanueli had all charges against her dismissed when the Court found her not guilty last month.