Former Guam Homeland Security Employee Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges

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Sanchez is facing up to 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

Guam – A former Guam Homeland Security employee pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine in court today.

Former Civil Defense Officer Ricky Sanchez is facing up to 20 years in prison and a million dollar fine for his alleged role in a plot to deliver two packages of methamphetamine or the drug ice to his worksite in Agana Heights while he was employed there. The postal service intercepted the first package but the second package made its way to the Agana Heights compound. According to court documents, Sanchez allegedly tried to bribe his co-worker who signed for the package. In 2014, Sanchez admitted that he was supposed to receive the package but that he could not remember who he was supposed to give the package to. Sanchez said he was going to be paid between $500 to $1000 dollars just for receiving the package. Sanchez only resigned from his post last month. Assistant U.S. Attorney Clyde Lemons asked that Sanchez not consume any alcohol and requested to add it in Sanchez’s conditions of release. In response, Sanchez’s lawyer John Gorman stated that Sanchez has been released for about six weeks without causing any problems and that there is no evidence that supports Sanchez having an alcohol problem. Judge Joaquin Manibusan denied the request. Sanchez’s status hearing is scheduled for August 4 at 2:30 pm in Judge Manibusan’s courtroom.