4th arrest made in prison contraband case

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A fourth arrest has been made in the Department of Corrections prison contraband case.

Officers from GPD’s Special investigation Section arrested 36-year-old Michael Joseph Salas for the following offenses:

  • Promoting Major Prison Contraband
  • Conspiracy
  • Criminal Facilitation
  • Attempted Possession of a Scheduled II Controlled Substance – Unlawful Influence
  • Giving Gratuities and
  • Obstruction of Government Functions

GPD has not disclosed any information relative to the arrest, only stating that it is linked to an ongoing investigation.

Salas was booked and confined at the Department of Corrections.

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On Monday, DOC officer Mike Gumataotao, on the force for less than a year, was charged with promoting major prison contraband, namely methamphetamine, concealed in a bottle of lotion. The discovery was made during an administrative search of all officers reporting for duty.

Then, on Thursday, two more arrests were made. Davina Aguon and Francisco Garrido Jr. were arrested on offenses similar to Salas.

Aguon and Gumataotao were placed on pre-trial release. Garrido remains detained pending the outcome of a magistrate hearing on Saturday.

Salas has yet to be formally charged by the Office of the Attorney General.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.