‘Kingpin’ in cocaine case pleads guilty, takes deal

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Robert Afaisen entered under oath a guilty plea. In taking a deal with the government, Afaisen pled guilty to possession of more than five kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride with the intent to distribute.

Dubbed the kingpin in the largest cocaine bust in the Guam Police Department’s history, Robert Afaisen appeared before District Court Magistrate Judge Manibusan for a pre-trial conference and hearing on all motions before the court.

But instead of hearing the motions, Robert Afaisen entered under oath a guilty plea. In taking a deal with the government, Afaisen pled guilty to possession of more than five kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride with the intent to distribute.

Dubbed the kingpin in a cocaine drug ring, Afaisen has taken responsibility for knowingly possessing the drug with the intent to deal the cocaine on Guam’s streets.

It was last year that Afaisen, and his cousin Jimmy Afaisen along with eight other individuals, were arrested in connection with the distribution of cocaine.

Afaisen told authorities that he found over 35 pounds of cocaine in a barrel which washed up on his Talofofo beach front property. But instead of handing it over to authorities Afaisen used the discovery as a means to make easy money.

Having taken a deal with the government, Afaisen now faces 10 years to life imprisonment. His acceptance of a plea deal means that the federal case is now closed.

The local case which involves Randal Fulcher, Danny Rojas, Nicohlas Frederick, George Flores, John Tainatongo, Monica Quinata, Carl Aguon and Jonathan Manglona is still pending resolution.

The local case against Robert and Jimmy Afaisen was dismissed upon the federal government indicting the two men last year.

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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.