Convicted Drug Smuggler denied new trial

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A convicted drug smuggler will have to face the consequences of her actions as her motions for acquittal and new trial were denied in District Court.
Guam – Colleen Renee Reyes was found guilty in August on a single charge of knowingly and intentionally attempting to possess with intent to distribute at least 50 grams of methamphetamine hydro-chloride.

PNC files indicate that Reyes had attempted to smuggle the drug into the island through DHL, hidden in bottles of vape juice.

But even after her conviction Reyes maintains her innocence requesting that the court grant a judgment of acquittal, citing that the government failed to establish knowledge that she knew DHL would deliver a package to her, much less that the package would contain methamphetamine or that she intended to distribute the drugs.

According to court documents, Reyes accuses the court of improperly allowing the prosecution to introduce “irrelevant, prejudicial and inflammatory evidence,” relating to the discovery of over 9-thousand dollars in cash found in a purse which was secured in the trunk of her vehicle.

However, District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood denied the motions on Friday.

Reyes is scheduled for sentencing on November 27.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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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.