Federal court unseals meth smuggling case

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The federal court has unsealed a case involving a man caught attempting to smuggle 8 ounces of methamphetamine into Guam.

Brandon Quinata was charged in the District Court of Guam earlier this year for crimes committed two years prior. He took a deal with the government pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute 50 or more grams of methamphetamine.

The plea agreement made public, reveals that Quinata’s scheme lasted for about a month in 2018 and involved two mail parcels containing 111.50 net grams of methamphetamine.

The packages were mailed from Las Vegas, Nevada and intercepted by United States Postal Inspectors who recovered the controlled substance and replaced it with sham before sending on its way to its final destination, the Merizo post office.

According to court documents, the packages were destined for Quinata and a man identified as Kelvin Tedtaotao.

Questioned by the DEA, Quinata revealed that a relative in Las Vegas helped him place the order of methamphetamine which would later be delivered to Tedtaotao’s mailbox.

Authorities say that Quinata provided information to DEA agents of various drug dealing and distribution of methamphetamine into Guam, further revealing that he entered an agreement with unidentified persons to distribute roughly 223 grams of meth into our island community.

He is facing ten years of incarceration and a fine of up to $10 million.

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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.