Former Prison Guard Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Ice into Prison

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Eugene Sunega faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.

Guam – Former corrections Officer Eugene Sunega has officially pleaded guilty in District Court today to providing prison contraband to an inmate.

 

Sunega was caught bringing in illegal contraband during a random inspection at the Department of Corrections where he was working in February.

According to the complaint, Sunega brought tabasco, tobacco products and crystal methamphetamine that was rolled up inside a jacket. The ice weighed 3.9 grams and was 95.3 percent pure.

Sunega admitted in court today that he was going to provide the ice to a federal inmate by the name of Gregorio Cruz.

Sunega faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.

 

Read the press release from the US Attorney’s Office below:

 

ALICIA A.G. LIMTIACO, United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, announced that EUGENE JESUS MENO SUNEGA, age 33, of Sinajana, Guam pled guilty on April 23, 2015, in the U.S. District Court, before Chief Judge 

Frances Tydingco-Gatewood, to one count of Providing Contraband in Prison. SUNEGA was charged on March 4, 2015 by a federal grand jury in a four-count indictment with Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Providing Contraband in Prison, and False Statement or Representation. Sentencing for SUNEGA is scheduled for July 27, 2015. The offense of Providing Contraband in Prison carries a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. 

According to court documents, SUNEGA abused his position of trust as a Guam Department of Corrections Officer by attempting to smuggle contraband methamphetamine to prison inmate Gregorio Cruz. The methamphetamine weighed approximately 3.9 grams and was approximately 95.3% pure, according to forensic analysis. SUNEGA also lied to federal agents investigating the incident when he claimed to have never personally smoked methamphetamine.

This incident was discovered by Guam Department of Corrections officials. The federal case is the result of an investigation conducted by the DEA Guam Resident Office and the FBI Guam Resident Agency. Credit is also given to GPD’s Special Investigation Section and to the ATF. The prosecution was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mohammad Khatib.