Convicted drug dealer will represent herself in violation case

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Guam – A woman who allegedly went on the run after she pleaded guilty to dealing ice will now be representing herself as her attorney has withdrawn as legal counsel.

Attorney David Lujan was set to defend his client, Lovelia Mendoza, at an evidentiary hearing on the alleged violation that she did not adhere to her pre-trial release conditions.

Mendoza pleaded guilty in May last year to possession with intent to distribute but after being placed on pre-trial release, it is alleged that she lied about her medical condition to avoid checking in with probation.

A warrant was issued in December 2017 and she was arrested on January 5, 2018. The violation hearing was supposed to be held on January 30 but on that same day, Lujan filed a motion to withdraw as legal counsel.

As a result, US Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan vacated the hearing and affirmed the court’s order to detain Mendoza pending her sentencing.

With no legal counsel, Mendoza filed a substitution of counsel naming herself as her counsel pro se. That request was granted by Judge Manibusan Wednesday.

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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.