Four arrested in drug raid; only one charged in court

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Guam – A drug raid in the Southern village of Merizo on Tuesday, resulted in the arrest of four individuals however only one has been charged in Superior Court.

With a search warrant in hand, federal and local law enforcement officers stormed into a residence at Hemlani’s apartments in Merizo. According to GPD Spokesperson Sgt. Paul Tapao, the apartment contained ice, drug paraphernalia and money.

Inside the apartment were four individuals identified by police as Brandon Acfalle Quinata, Amelia Christina Manglona, Jordan Jay Chargualaf, and John Leonard Mata Cruz. All four were arrested for illegal possession of a scheduled two controlled substance. Quinata was additionally arrested for possession with the intent to distribute.

Interestingly however, only one of the four appeared for a magistrate hearing in court today, Cruz who according to the complaint was discovered in the living room of the apartment. Where a “heat modified glass pipe stained with suspected methamphetamine residue,” was also discovered. Police say that Manglona indicated that the pipe belonged to Cruz. He was booked and confined.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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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.