Case against couple accused of attempting to smuggle drugs ends in mistrial–again

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Guam – History has repeated itself in the case of an alleged attempted drug smuggling trial. The re-trial of the accused couple involved has ended with yet another hung jury.

In May, the first trial of Juanita Moser and Raymond Martinez ended with a hung jury, prompting the court to assign a new jury and a new trial.

Yesterday, after five days in deliberations, the new jury informed the court they could not reach a verdict. After polling the jurors, the court declared a mistrial.

While the defense orally motioned for a judgment of acquittal to dismiss the charges and prevent further prosecution, District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood instructed the defense to put it in writing.

The motion is due by Friday with the government ‘s opposition due next Tuesday.

Moser and Martinez are accused of conspiring to smuggle eight pounds, or approximately $2 million worth of methamphetamine into the island.

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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.