Drug dealer receives reduced sentence

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A man convicted in two separate cases in federal and local courts for possession and distribution of methamphetamine on Thursday received a reduced sentence in the local court after agreeing to cooperate with authorities in the investigation of a drug smuggling case.

According to the Attorney General’s office, Gregorio Blas Cruz was resentenced on Thursday to five years’ imprisonment, to run concurrent with a 70-month sentence imposed by the district court in a related case.

“In the federal case Cruz took a plea deal in which he agreed to cooperate and assist authorities in exchange for a reduction in sentencing. He plead guilty to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine,” a press release from the AGO said.

AGO said Cruz helped the federal government secure a conviction against Justin Cruz, a drug smuggler who was convicted of possessing 4.5 kilograms of ice and sentenced to 35 years behind bars.

According to federal court documents, Gregorio Cruz was found in the parking lot of the Palm Ridge Hotel in Barrigada in possession of 314 gross grams of meth.

In the local case, Cruz was convicted of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver as a first-degree felony and possession of a controlled substance as a third-degree felony.

Court documents state that Cruz was driving a black mustang when Guam Police Departments officers effectuated a stop and found methamphetamine, paraphernalia and several thousand dollars in the car.

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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.