Customs director arrested after alleged ‘physical altercation’

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Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency director Ike Peredo (PNC file photo)

The director of the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency has been arrested. Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero confirmed his arrest this morning but shared few details of the incident.

Ike Peredo was tapped by the governor to be director of GCQA and he was tasked to lead the agency. However, an incident that occurred last night has him sitting on the sidelines on administrative leave.

The governor’s office confirmed in a statement this morning that a report was filed with the Guam International Airport Authority Police which states that the customs director was in a physical altercation involving a customs officer.

While Peredo was arrested, the Department of Corrections does not have record of confinement indicating that Peredo was released from police custody.

With Peredo on administrative leave pending the investigation into the incident, the governor has temporarily placed Jesse Mendiola of the Marianas Regional Fusion Center as acting CQA Director.

The investigation is ongoing.

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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.