Convicted drug dealer missing; warrant sought for her arrest

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Lovelia Mendoza pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Guam – Federal authorities are on the hunt for a convicted drug dealer who failed to report to the U.S. Probation Office and allegedly used medical reasons as an excuse for missing probation.

Lovelia Mendoza pleaded guilty in May this year to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine but was released from custody pending sentencing.

She was placed under the watchful eye of the U.S. Probation Office but Chief U.S. Probation Officer Kim Walmsley says Mendoza has gone missing since December 13.

In a declaration filed for a warrant of arrest, the probation officer says Mendoza missed a number of meetings with the U.S. Probation Office, often using medical appointments as an excuse.

Finally on December 14, a day after their last contact with Mendoza, a probation officer contacted the Department of Public Health and Social Services to verify Mendoza’s claim that she needed an x-ray. But the officer was told that no such appointment existed and that Mendoza had tested negative for certain medical conditions.

“The defendant has been dishonest regarding her physical health. She has also not made herself available for pretrial supervision and for the presentence investigation,” said Walmsley in a declaration.

The U.S. Probation Office is seeking a warrant for Mendoza’s arrest and is requesting to delay her sentencing which is currently scheduled for February 14, 2018.