The presence of ice in the country continues to rise as evident in the police raid early this morning in Vaigaga where eight baggies of ice were found along with more than $4,000 cash.

At a press conference with the media, Acting Police Commissioner Leiataualesa Samuel Afamasaga said aside from the drugs, they also confiscated and a numerous of electronics, they suspect are connected to a number of burglaries in the Country.

Smart TV’s; cell phones and laptops were also take into the custody of police from the house raided.

Police arrested three men and one woman as a result of the raid.

During Parliament this was one of the common issue raised by the Members of Parliament is the heavy presence of hard drugs in the Country.

Member of Parliament for Aleipata i Lalo, Faleomavaega Titimaea Tafua expressed concerns over the demand to have strict precautionary measures on the protection of borders, given the increase of the presence of hard drugs in the Country.

Faleomavaega appealed to the Minister of Police and Prisons Faualo Harry Schuster to consider bring in more Canine dogs that can detect drugs in parcels entering Samoa.

According to Faleomavaega, there are only two Canine dogs work for five hours, around the clock and if there are any parcels received outside of those hours, it opens the doors for drugs to enter undetected.

Adding that it is should be a priority of the Ministry to seek assistance from the New Zealand Government for Canines to assist with border protection.

He commended the Ministry of Police for their handwork in nabbing drug dealers and users, to keep Samoa safe.

In the last two months, police conducted three separate drugs raids, in Vaitele Fou, Nu’u and Faatoia. All three raids, police uncovered drugs including ice, marijuana, guns, live ammunitions and money among drugs paraphernalia.

One of the raids landed the Assistant Electoral Commissioner, Afualo Darryl Mapu behind bars with his colleague, Marie Fanueli to await their appearance in the Supreme court for criminal mention.