DOC intercepts cellphones, meth and tobacco


Over the last three days the Department of Corrections (DEPCOR/DOC) was able to deter three instances of contraband from making its way into the prison facility.

Guam – The Department of Corrections along with the Mandana Drug Task Force recovered contraband in three separate instances. On Saturday, it was originally reported by GPD that a package was found wrapped in duct tape near the running board of a DOC transport van parked outside Erica’s House on Saturday.

But according to DOC Deputy Director Kate Baltazar the attempt to smuggle contraband into the facility was adverted due to the sharp eye of a witness outside of Erica’s House. She states that the witness reported an exchange between an inmate and another individual in the parking lot to the Superior Court Marshal on duty.

Baltazar states that the inmates were there for supervised visitation with their children as per court order. The package contained two cell phones and tobacco.

Then on Sunday, DOC discovered a small plastic bag containing a crystal-like substance in a load of laundry. Baltazar says that an inmate from Post 4 assigned to laundry detail in Post 6 discovered the contraband while moving clothing from the washer to the dryer.

On Monday, around noon, DEPCOR received a call from an unknown female individual, who reported seeing a package being thrown over the fence into the buffer zone of Post 11 behind the Post 7 housing unit. Baltazar states that the witness described seeing a tall male individual with a small build exit a whit sedan and throwing the package over the fence. DOC officers retrieved the package which contained four mobile cellphones and tobacco.

All items were turned over to the Guam Police Department for further review and investigation.

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.