Man wanted in Virginia for cocaine smuggling and identity fraud arrested at Guam airport

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A man wanted in Virginia for attempted identity fraud and conspiring to distribute five kilograms of cocaine was picked up at the Guam International Airport last week.

Tao Liu, known under several aliases including Anthony Liu and Lucas Liu, is believed to be a Hong Kong resident. He was detained on Oct. 13 upon arrival in Guam.

Liu is one of six Chinese nationals charged in a drug money laundering case which involved a conspiracy to funnel $30 million from late 2008 to last month. The indictment against Liu indicates that the money to be laundered was from Latin American drug traffickers.

Charges against Liu include bribing a public official for producing fake passports, conspiring to distribute cocaine, and money laundering.

The Eastern District Court of Virginia issued a warrant for his arrest on Sept. 24th and his removal from Guam was ordered by District Court Magistrate Judge Michael Bordallo.

Liu’s case was unsealed today, with documents indicating that he has been transferred to the custody of drug enforcement agents for the purpose of extradition to the Eastern District of Virginia.

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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.