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Cops allegedly sent inmates on beer runs

Oct. 3, 2012 at 4:10 PM

TAFUNA, American Samoa, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- A pair of police officers in American Samoa are facing charges of sending jail inmates on shopping trips and beer runs unsupervised.

Officers Fiti Aina and Rocky Tua made their initial court appearance Tuesday morning in District Court on charges of aiding the escape of a prisoner, permitting escape and public servant acceding to corruption, Samoa News reported Wednesday.

Prosecutors said investigators made a surprise visit to the Tafuna Correctional Facility July 20 and discovered an alcoholic beverage in one of the cells. The investigators determined jail inmates were being sent unaccompanied to a local store to buy beer and other items for the officers and their fellow inmates.

Preliminary examination hearings for the officers are scheduled for later this week.

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