Two guards at American Samoa’s only prison are facing accusations that they allowed inmates to go on beer and food runs without supervision.
Corrections officers Fiti Aina and Rocky Tua were charged with aiding the escape of a prisoner and related charges, The Associated Press reported. Both Aina and Tua are being held on $10,000 bail.
Beer was found in an inmate’s cell during a police search of the prison, leading to an investigation into the two officers. One of the prisoners who went on the beer and food runs had been sentenced to 40 months for attacking another person with a machete.
According to AP, court documents said that one inmate told police investigators that he purchased beer for another prisoner and cookies for Tua.
American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States, comprised of several islands with a total population of around 55,000 people, and is located in the South Pacific Ocean. It is located nearest to the Cook Islands, Tonga, and Samoa.
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