Ex-cop and two others arrested in drug raids

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Jason Ortiola spent time in federal prison for attempting to sell drugs while on duty.

Guam – It appears a former police officer who was busted for selling drugs while on duty may not have not learned his lesson in prison, as he is one of three individuals arrested in two drug raids Thursday.

Former GPD Police Officer Jason Ortiola was released from prison in 2012 after serving six years in federal prison for selling methamphetamine while on duty and in the possession of his duty weapon. But it appears his stint in prison has not stopped him from re-entering the “game,” as he is now back in jail on similar drug charges.

According to GPD Spokesperson Officer AJ Balajadia, the Mandana Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at the Summer Oceanview Towers in Tamuning as part of an investigation into illegal drug distribution.

Court documents state that the condominium belongs to Jose Sibal Santos Jr. who, during an interrogation, identified Ortiola as his supplier. Inside the home, police discovered and seized packaging material with ice residue, 4.7 grams of marijuana and $4,100 in cash. Police also say that the ex-cop had a substantial amount of money in his possession.

A magistrate’s complaint further alleges the raid was the result of a controlled call between an informant and a male individual identified as Santos. During that call police say Santos indicated that he had provided ice to the informant.

This information, in addition to other details given to GPD, warranted the search of Santos’ residence, which police say then led to a second search warrant being executed on the Dededo home of Roger B. Balicha. In this subsequent raid, police seized over a gram of ice and $4,600 in cash.

The three men were charged with possession of a schedule two controlled substance as a third degree felony. Balicha was additionally charged with possession of a schedule two controlled substance with intent to deliver. All were booked and confined.

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.