SNPF ACEO, charged in drug raid over the weekend


The Ministry of Police confiscated drugs, such as methamphetamine or ice, live ammunition, over $5,000 cash and numerous electronics, including cell phones, tablets, and laptops, from a residence in Moamoa they raided on Saturday. 

Five men were arrested.

However, only two men were charged, including the Assistant Chief Executive Officer, the Audit Division of the Samoa National Provident Fund, identified as Fatuatia Samuelu. 

The SNPF is the government’s compulsory savings scheme for the workforce. It was established in 1972 and entrusted with the safekeeping of millions of members’ contributions to generate from the resources for the benefit of members and their dependents during retirement or in the event of earlier death or incapacitation.

Police Commissioner Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo told Radio Polynesia that the ACEO and the other suspect are each facing charges of possessing narcotics, utensils and unlawful ammunition. 

They are held in custody to appear in the Supreme Court on 10 July. 

Auapa’au said that Samuelu’s name has popped up on several drug investigations, leading to a successful raid over the weekend. 

The Commissioner also used the opportunity to warn drug dealers in the Country the Police are not just targeting marijuana dealers but any illegal substance sold in the country, adding that nothing can be hidden under the sun. 

He said, “Be warned that if you sell drugs, we will find and arrest you and everyone involved. 

“The presence of hard drugs in the Country is getting worse, and the Ministry has allocated a lot of resources to track down the drug dealers in the Country…. so consider yourself warned.” 

The Police Commissioner said it’s sad that Senior government staff are involved in such illegal activities.