Former DOC accused of smuggling contraband in fast food bag may take plea deal


Guam – A former Department of Corrections officer implicated in a conspiracy to smuggle contraband into the Mangilao prison facility may not be heading to trial as it was noted in court today that a resolution is possible.

Former DOC officer Shane Cruz is in negotiations with the government to resolve his case through a plea deal.

Cruz was implicated in the alleged conspiracy to promote major prison contraband at the Department of Corrections. He faces allegations of conspiracy, bribery and official misconduct.

Court documents state that Cruz smuggled contraband hidden in fast food bags on three separate occasions.

Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola has continued his hearing to February 13.

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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.