Cocaine trial set to begin in June

Robert Afaisen entered under oath a guilty plea. In taking a deal with the government, Afaisen pled guilty to possession of more than five kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride with the intent to distribute.

Guam – The trial involving the largest cocaine bust in the Guam Police Department’s history is set to commence in federal court in June.

Robert Afaisen and his cousin, Jimmy Afaisen, were indicted in the District Court of Guam in January. They were charged with possession of 5 grams, or more, of cocaine hydro-chloride with the intent to distribute.

Robert Afaisen, dubbed the “kingpin,” is alleged to be a cocaine supplier. Police said they discovered 35 lbs of cocaine in his Inarajan home.

Afaisen claimed he found the drug washed ashore on his beachfront property in May. Instead of turning the drug over to authorities, he allegedly began an underground business in his home, supplying cocaine to his acquaintances for further distribution.

While federal court documents provided little information on the case, a complaint filed in the Superior Court of Guam stated that the cocaine supply wound up in the hands of nine other individuals: Jonathan Manglona, George Flores, John Tainatongo, Monica Quinata, Carl Aguon, Nicholas Frederick, Danby Rojas, Jimmy Afaisen and Randall Fulcher Jr.

A pre-trial conference has been set for May 24, 2019.

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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.