Drug smuggler will not serve any time in jail

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A drug smuggler who acted as informant for the last seven years will not serve time in prison, instead he was placed on supervised release.

Guam – It’s a case that’s nearly 7 years old. A former Port Authority of Guam employee found smuggling nearly 37.6 grams methamphetamine with a street value of $18,800, through the U.S. Postal System has finally been sentenced, however, the length of his prison term was the subject of contention.

Since his arrest in 2011, Gilbert Salas Duenas Jr., has provided the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Postal Administration with “substantial information” regarding the smuggling of drugs into the island.

He has named his source of supply, at least seven other individuals in the drug game and identified a shipment of 31 pounds of meth bound for Guam, assisting the three agencies in their investigations.

But the question of the day, what is the value of his assistance to the ATF in terms of a lesser sentence?

While the defense argued that Duenas’ assistance over the last 7 years to the Postal Administration and the DEA warranted a reduced sentence of 30 months, they further pointed out that Duenas’ assistance to the ATF called for an additional reduction in sentencing.

The prosecution, however, objected to any further reduction, stating that Duenas’ assistance to the ATF was not worth any further reduction, calling the information that Duenas provided “historical and nothing the government didn’t already know.”

In rebuttal, the prosecution pointed out that a motion filed by the government not only requested for a delayed sentencing to allow for Duenas to assist in the investigation, but also cited Duenas’ cooperation in providing “substantial information to the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Bureau in the investigation of methamphetamine on island.”

As a result of this contradiction and after nearly two hours of debate, the parties came to an agreement on a joint sentencing recommendation of 2 years. Taking this into consideration, District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood sentenced Duenas to 127 days imprisonment with credit for time served and 2 years supervised release with electronic monitoring and home detention.

This means that Duenas will not be serving any jail time.

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.