Federal judge declares mistrial in Martinez drug smuggling case

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Guam – It appears there may be a second trial in the case against the couple accused of smuggling over $2 million in methamphetamine to Guam from California.

Coming to a consensus in the case against Raymond Martinez and Juanita Moser proved to be difficult for the jury as three days of deliberations yielded no results.

The government had argued that incriminating evidence against the couple was a gold mine in the form of video and audio recordings between the couple and undercover Guam Customs and Quarantine agent Henry Alvendia.

However, the crux of the case was the credibility of Alvendia as his work with the government was prompted by a plea agreement in a separate case where Alvendia was convicted of government corruption and misconduct, leading Martinez and Moser’s legal team to build an entrapment defense in which they contended that Alvendia was motivated to create a crime rather than deter one.

Yesterday afternoon, following three days of deliberations, District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood declared a mistrial in light of the jury being unable to reach a verdict.

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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.