DepCor officer arrested for promoting illegal contraband

Travis Venus

A Guam Department of Corrections employee has been arrested for promoting major prison contraband, according to a magistrate’s complaint filed in the Superior Court of Guam. 

Guam Police Department officers were dispatched on April 23 to DepCor in Mangilao. 

A DepCor officer told police that Travis William Francis Venus, 30, brought illegal contraband into DepCor at midnight on April 23. 

Four baggies of chewing tobacco, two vape pens, and two small baggies with suspected methamphetamine, which later tested positive for meth during a field test, and one fabricated glass pipe with a bulbous end, were the items found in Venus’ bag during a search, which was confiscated. 

He told GPD officers that he picked up food from a man in Mangilao to give to an inmate and didn’t know there was anything other than the food inside the bag, court documents state.

Venus was charged with possession with intent to deliver a schedule two controlled substance as a first degree felony, promoting major prison contraband as a second degree felony, possession of a schedule two controlled substance as a third degree felony, and official misconduct as a misdemeanor. 

The Pacific News Center reached out to DepCor for comment and has yet to receive one as of news time.


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Isaiah Aguon, also known as Izzy, is news director for the Pacific News Center. He returned to PNC in April 2023, after leaving Sorensen Media Group about two years ago in April 2021. As news director, his duties include anchoring PNC's radio and television stations, producing news, and managing and editing PNC's digital and social media platforms. Aguon, 21, formerly worked at KUAM News as a television news anchor, show host, and multimedia journalist for more than a year. He previously worked for The Guam Daily Post, Marianas Business Journal, and Guam Business Magazine.