AG files criminal complaint against Customs chief

Customs and Quarantine Agency director Ignacio “Ike” Peredo (PNC file photo)

The Office of the Attorney General has filed a criminal complaint against Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency director Ignacio “Ike” Peredo.

In a statement, the AG said it filed the complaint late last week after reviewing Guam Airport Police reports and conducting follow-up interviews.

Peredo was arrested after a report was filed with the Guam International Airport Authority Police stating that the customs director was involved in a physical altercation involving a customs officer.

Peredo was placed on administrative leave pending the investigation into the incident and Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero temporarily placed Jesse Mendiola of the Marianas Regional Fusion Center as acting CQA Director.

According to the AG, the court will now review the complaint to decide whether the misdemeanor charges are supported by probable cause. If so, the court will issue a summons and schedule a hearing.