Man busted for drugs in mail says he’s innocent

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Richard Gapasin Jr. picked up the package at 11:10 a.m. Tuesday morning, placed it into his vehicle, and was about to drive away when nearly a dozen law enforcement officers surrounding his white SUV and placed him under arrest. (Image taken from viewer contributed video)

The man who was caught on camera being arrested outside the Barrigada post office in a drug “sting” operation has changed his tune.

While he provided a sworn statement of his involvement in the drug smuggling case after his arrest, he is now saying he’s innocent.

Richard Gapasin Jr. pleaded not guilty in federal court this morning to charges of attempted possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

He is accused of attempting to smuggle three pounds of methamphetamine into the island through the postal system.

Federal law enforcement agents arrested Gapasin outside the Barrigada Post Office on Dec. 17. His arrest was captured on a number of different videos taken by witnesses outside the island’s main post office.

The package was addressed to Gapasin and according to court documents, he knew the package contained drugs but didn’t know the exact amount. Authorities say he also provided a sworn statement as to his involvement.

Trial is set for March 17.

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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.