DOC officer pleads guilty in contraband case

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Guam – One of the DOC officers charged with promoting major prison contraband has pleaded guilty in court today, however there is a possibility that he may never need to set foot behind bars.

Shane Cruz is one of six Department of Corrections officers who was accused of promoting major prison contraband.

According to court documents, on three separate occasions, Cruz smuggled drugs into the prison compound concealed in fast food bags.

Today, Cruz pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal facilitation of delivery of a controlled substance and three counts of official misconduct.

The charges, according to the plea deal, would carry a prison term of 0 to 3 years for each felony count charged and 0 to 1 year for each misdemeanor charge. Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola referred to the plea agreement as a “sweet deal” stating that in fact it “may be too sweet” as the plea agreement provides for the possibility of Cruz not serving time in prison but rather on house arrest.

She took that matter under advisement noting that others who have pleaded guilty in the case are serving time at DOC.

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.