Guam – Christopher L. Carillo is being held on a $200-thousand dollar cash bail after his arrest Thursday on charges of importing marijuana.
Carillo is an employee of the Guam Legislature who works in the Office of Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz. He is also a member of the Guam Election Commission Board.
He was charged in Superior Court this afternoon with:
* Importation of a Schedule I Controlled Substance
* Possession with Intent to deliver a Schedule I Controlled Substance
* Possession of More Than One Ounce of a Schedule I Controlled Substance.
Carrillo was arrested after Guam Customs executed a warrant Thursday at a home in Tamuning where he lived.
According to the Magistrate’s complaint, U.S. Postal Inspectors identified a suspicious package on February 26th which was addressed to Zaani Branch on Thomas Street in Tamuning where Carillo stayed.
Inside the package were 522 grams of a “leafy vegetable matter, suspected to be marijuana, within three heat sealed bags.”
522 grams is just over 18 ounces.
When asked by PNC News why the bail was set at $200-thousand on a marijuana charge, the Spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s Office, Carlina Charfauros responded in an email:
“The amount seized was indicative of distribution, automatically setting a higher bail because distribution is considered a threat to society. (more so than consumption alone).”
An electronic tracking device was placed in the package and the outside of the package was sprayed with “a green clue spray.”
The postal Service delivered the package to the Tamuning address. Agents monitoring the residence detected motion from the tracking device and observed Carillo leave the residence, drive around the block and then back to the residence.
“The tracking device indicated motion of the package and then breach.” At that point the customs agents then entered the home, “secured the area” and arrested Carillo.
“No individuals other than Carillo were located in the residence” at the time, states the report.