Feds want reduced sentence for former Customs officer

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Guam –  The federal government submitted a reduced sentence for former Guam Customs and Quarantine officer Henry Alvendia who cooperated with authorities in a major drug case.

According to the pre-sentencing report, Alvendia faced a maximum of 60 months for taking bribes and gratuities totaling over $30,000 during his time as a lieutenant with the Guam Customs.

However, according to the government, his cooperation with authorities has led to others in a major case taking plea deals. The government now wants to reduce Alvendia’s sentence to 18 months in prison and three years probation as a result.

Alvendia served as the key witness in the case involving Raymond Martinez and Juanita Moser. In this case, Alvendia assisted the government as an informant and helped gather video and audio evidence against the couple.

The couple is in California awaiting trial for attempting to smuggle 8 pounds of methamphetamine into the Guam.

Alvendia has been pending sentencing for four years. The court scheduled his sentencing on May 23.

 

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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.