Guam – The U.S. Attorney’s Office has announced the sentencing of 4 of the witnesses who testified in the drug trial of Mateo Sardoma.
READ the release in from the U.S. Attorney below:
FOUR DEFENDANTS SENTENCED IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF GUAM
ALICIA A.G. LIMTIACO, United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, announced that four defendant witnesses in the U.S. v. Mateo B. Sardoma. Jr. aka “Mat”. Rudy P.H. Sablan. Maria C. Edrosa aka “Cristina”. et al., trial were sentenced this week by Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood, as follows:
1. Defendant Joven Banayat, age 58, was sentenced on September 9,2014,to 37 months incarceration, followed by five years of supervised release. Defendant Banayat was convicted of Importation of Methamphetamine. Defendant Banayat testified that in the year 2010 he had twice assisted Mateo Sardoma and Maria Edrosa in importing methamphetamine to Guam from the Philippines.
2. Defendant Ana Toves, age 54, was sentenced on September I0,2014, to 41 months for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, followed by five years of supervised release.
Ana Toves testified that she was a user of methamphetamine and distributed it on Guam for both Mateo Sardoma and Rudy Sablan.
3. Defendant Walter Duenas, age 52, was sentenced on September 10,2014 to time served and two years supervised release. Defendant Duenas was convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine. Duenas testified that in the year 2010 he had distributed methamphetamine to both Mateo Sardoma and to Rudy Sablan and that he left the drug conspiracy in October of 2010 after he was assault by Mateo Sardoma.
4. Brian San Agustin, age 29, was sentenced on September I l, 2014 to 70 months incarceration and five years of supervised release. Defendant San Augustin was convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine. San Augustin testified that he had supplied Mateo Sardoma and Maria Edrosa with methamphetamine from California during the years 2010 and 2011.
U.S. Attorney Limtiaco stated, “Our community is not immune from the poison of methamphetamine. These cases illustrate the hard work our partners in law enforcement do every day to stop the distribution of methamphetamine into Guam.” These four defendants cooperated and gave testimony in the U.S. v. Mateo B. Sardoma. Jr. aka “Mat”. Rudy P.H. Sablan. Maria C. Edrosa aka “Cristina”. et al., which was the product of an extensive investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), a focused multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force investigating and prosecuting the most significant drug trafficking organizations throughout the United States by leveraging the combined expertise of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
The investigations were conducted by Special Agents and Task Force Officers at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security-Homeland Security Investigations (DHS-HSI) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The case against Defendant Banayat was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rosetta San Nicolas. The cases against Defendants Toves and Duenas were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Fred Black and Stephen Leon Guerrero and the case against Brian San Agustin was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attomey Clyde Lemons.