Defense attorney gets feisty with prosecution in drug smuggling case

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Guam – The trial against the couple accused of attempting to smuggle 2 million dollars of ice into the island continued today with Henry Alvendia back on the stand, this time being questioned by defense attorney David Lujan.

Emotions ran high as the line of questioning conducted by Juanita Moser’s attorney David Lujan heated things up causing a little rift between Lujan and prosecutor Fred Black.

Lujan questioned former Customs and Quarantine officer Henry Alvendia about his assets, in particular a multitude of vehicles he allegedly owned during 2015, the year he was indicted on charges of government corruption, and entered into a “sweet heart plea deal” with the government which led Alvendia to work as an informant and allegedly develop a scheme with defendants Juanita Moser and Raymond Martinez to smuggle eight pounds of methamphetamine into the island.

But as Lujan questioned Alvendia about his assets and how much he sold them for, Black objected, saying the line of questioning was a waste of time and had no relevance to the case.

However, Lujan countered stating that, “the relevance is he’s got money and he is not broke. It’s your fault for putting such a person on the stand.”

Lujan was referring to Alvendia’s ability at the time to afford an attorney and not be appointed counsel by the court.

As you may recall, in the case against Alvendia, the court appointed an attorney to represent him, which according to the defense is evidence that Alvendia is favored by the government and was able to “put one over on the court.”

Lujan’s line of questioning was an effort to diminish the credibility and character of Alvendia, who, as the government ant defense, was billed a “corrupt governement official.

The defense is arguing that Alvendia, “sought to entrap the couple and create a crime rather than deter one.”

SOURCEJolene Toves
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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.