Man busted with 455 grams of ice in wheelchair


A man was caught attempting to smuggle 455 grams of methamphetamine into the island on a flight arriving from Japan.
Guam – On Sunday, Erik Vincent Morta Benevente was detained by Guam Customs and Quarantine officers after he arrived on Flight 197 from Japan.

During a secondary screening Customs officers discovered 455 grams of suspected ice concealed in the seat of his wheel chair.

According to court documents, Benevente admitted that the drugs were his.

In court, Monday, District Court Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan granted his temporary release, allowing him to attend a funeral scheduled for Tuesday, he was scheduled to self surrender to the Department of Corrections as of 3:30 Tuesday afternoon.

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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.