Faleatiu village

Lack of Ballistics Experts Hinder Police Work

Police spokesperson Sua Le Mamea Tiumalu says the Police have released the body for burial but some matters remain unresolved.

“Right now we don’t have anyone locally who can determine which gun fired the bullets that took the life of the victim and to bring in an expert from overseas costs a lot of money,” said Su’a.

“We have students who are studying this area of police investigations in ballistics, but they are not in a position to stand in court as a witness so we are short on the proper staff we need,” he added.

Samoa police seize 600 plants in drug raid

Weapons were also found and four people arrested during the raid which involved over 60 officers.

It was the biggest police operation carried in the village since an unsuccessful raid two years ago where a gun fight erupted ending with the death of a villager and injuries to three officers.

The latest raid was the second drug operation in two weeks weapons and drugs were found at a family house in Afiamalu.