Man takes plea deal in meth case

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Patrick Padua took a deal with the government Monday afternoon, pleading guilty to possession of a scheduled two controlled substance and child abuse.

A tip from an unlikely source not only led to the seizure of 95 grams of methamphetamine from the island’s streets in October 2018 but has also resulted in the conviction of one of the individuals implicated in the case.

The tip came from an elementary school student reporting suspicious activity happening in the home by the student’s own parents.

Patrick Padua took a deal with the government Monday afternoon, pleading guilty to possession of a scheduled two controlled substance and child abuse.

Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola noted that the deal is a bifurcated plea agreement as the charge of child abuse is deferred.

The plea agreement calls for cooperation by Padua who will be called to testify against co-actors in the case in exchange for the deal.

The deal stipulates that Padua will be sentenced to 3 years incarceration with all but 1 year suspended and credit for time served.

However, because Ethan Sahagon, a co-actor in the case, is on the run, the sentence can not be handed down until resolution has been reached with all the defendants.

According to Padua’s attorney, he has already served nine months in prison and was also an inpatient at Light House recovery and the time spent at the facilities will count towards his sentence.

The plea deal dismisses the remaining charges of two counts of possession with intent to distribute and possession of less than one ounce marijuana.

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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.