Case involving a spice drug ring will go to trial

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Guam – The federal government is not taking on the case involving the three individuals caught dealing the synthetic drug spice out of their homes and while the case will remain in the hands of the local court, trial may only proceed against one of the defendants.

Dolores Otis John, Bantasar Kosi, and Marakita Simion were arrested last April, after informant led authorities to their homes in Yigo and Harmon were they were allegedly peddling spice. All three were charged with possession of a schedule one controlled substance with intent to deliver. Kosi and Simion were additionally charged with possession of an unregistered firearm.

The trial has been set for August, but in court today it was revealed that John has passed away and Kosi is likely to take a deal with the government. The government indicated that there is a plea offer on the table for Simion however there is no indication if she will be taking the deal, if she does not plead she will stand trial alone.

The decision to take a plea offer is crucial as Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola indicated that the Supreme Court of Guam is reviewing matters regarding defendants of Federate States of Micronesian citizenship taking plea deals and the possibility of deportation after taking the plea offer.

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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.