Defense grills Alvendia on stand in million dollar drug case

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Guam – It was the defense’s turn to grill the man who allegedly set up the couple accused of attempting to smuggle 2 million dollars worth of ice into Guam. The defense says he was set on creating a crime rather than deterring one.

Entrapment, coercion and a set up characterizes the case against Raymond Martinez and Juanita Moser, at least that is what the defense believes. With Henry Alvendia on the stand, Martinez’s attorney Peter Perez set out to establish grounds that Alvendia intended to create a crime rather than deter one.

Alvendia testified that he sought out the defendants under the guise of needing their help to service a scooter but according to the defense that was just a cover story, his true intent was to “set up” Martinez and Moser.

As you may recall Alvendia previously testified that he was contacted by federal law enforcement officers to make good on a plea agreement that he signed with the government for his actions as a corrupt Custom and Quarantine Agent.

At that time Alvendia confirmed that he was asked “if he knew of anything going on.” Last Friday Alvendia testified that is when he told the federal agents about Martinez and Moser, further offering to re-establish contact with the couple as he was sure they would bring up the conversation about drugs again.

Perez focused on communications between Alvendia, Martinez and Moser made between May 2015 and June 2015. First Perez went through the records, having Alvendia confirm each of the calls which totaled 32 calls or attempted calls.

While Alvendia could recall one instance in which the mention of a drug name was made, as Perez pointed out none of the calls make any mention of methamphetamine, or drugs. Alvendia confirmed this as well as confirming that the couple was unaware they were being recorded, and unaware that Alvendia was working for the feds.

Interestingly when asked, “you never told Raymond Martinez that you were setting him up correct?” Alvendia responded “Correct.”

It is alleged that Alvendia was working undercover as an informant for federal authorities and during this time he, Martinez and Moser devised an elaborate scheme to smuggle 8 pounds of methamphetamine into the island concealed in 5-gallon buckets of rock salt.

While the prosecution is arguing that Martinez and Moser were inclined to commit the crime,alleging that they had already bought 10 pounds of ice which was sold in California and the money stashed. The defense maintains that Alvendia is a protected corrupt government official that was setting up the defendants so that his prison sentence could be reduced.

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.