The case involving the largest cocaine bust in the Guam Police Department’s history is moving slowly as three of the men implicated in the case have slipped under local law enforcement’s radar and have gone on the run.
Jonathan Manglona, George Flores, and Carl Aguon, are three of 10 individuals initially implicated in a cocaine drug distribution ring bust last year. They have apparently eluded authorities as the court indicated Friday morning that there are active warrants for their arrests.
The indictment lists 20 charges related to possession of a schedule two controlled substance and distribution. At the top of the list of those named is the alleged supplier, Robert Afaisen.
Police say they discovered 35 pounds of cocaine in his home–cocaine Afaisen claims he found washed ashore on his beachfront property. But instead of turning the discovery over to authorities, he allegedly began dealing it out of his home and supplying his acquaintances with drugs for further distribution.
In total, the cocaine from Afaisen ended up in the hands of nine other individuals identified as Jonathan Manglona, George Flores, John Tainatongo, Monica Quinata, Carl Aguon, Nicholas Frederick, Danby Rojas, Jimmy Afaisen and Randall Fulcher Jr.
While the local case has been dismissed against Robert and Jimmy Afaisen, who are both facing federal charges, the local case for the remaining defendants has been delayed.
A sentencing hearing was set Friday for Rojas. However, because the case has not gone to trial, the sentencing hearing has been delayed for 90 days.
The court noted that because Rojas has taken a cooperation plea deal with the government, consideration at her sentencing is dependent on her assistance to authorities which also includes testifying at trial against the co-actors in the case.
But that is not the only hold-up in the case as Quinata’s attorney has motioned to withdraw from the case and a new attorney will not be appointed until July 25.
Trial has been set for Aug. 12.