Documents detailing 4-year drug trafficking ring unsealed

2021

Guam – Documents detailing a four-year conspiracy to smuggle crystal methamphetamine into the island through the postal system was unsealed in District Court today.

Court documents state that Violeta Manahan’s conspiracy to smuggle ice into the island through the US Postal system began in January 2013 and lasted for four years. Manahan and eight others: Jimmy Law, Richard Manahan, Donna Mendiola, Francis Quitigua, Brian Bautista, Benjamin Saturnio, Rydell Manahan, and Geraldine Fajardo were identified as being part of a drug trafficking ring.

Violeta would order and receive quantities of methamphetamine that were sent to Guam through the US mail and through other means, allege court documents. The methamphetamine varied in quantity from grams to ounces; all were supplied by Jimmy Law.

During the course of the investigation it was found that Violeta would link Law to other contacts on Guam who would receive the drugs. She is also accused of providing individuals with tracking numbers for the packages containing the methamphetamine. Once the packages were received, these co-conspirators would leave the parcels on a table at Violeta’s residence. She would then collect money from the sale and wire the proceeds to Law in California. Court documents further state that as part of her profits she would received meth for her personal use.

It wasn’t until November 2014, that a package was intercepted by the US Postal inspectors and the DEA. It contained about 110 grams of methamphetamine. That package was addressed to Richard Manahan and Donna Mendiola. Then in February 2015 another package was intercepted, this time containing about 14 grams of methamphetamine. The package was addressed to Fidela Cabrera. According to court documents, Violeta had introduced Cabrera to Law in July 2013.

Court documents indicate that the drug trafficking ring was not shut down until March of 2017.

Last year, Manahan has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, she faces up to 20 years in prison.

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.