John Paul Marquez could still face up to 30 years in prison, but under the plea deal, the US Attorney’s Office agrees to recommend a reduced sentence.
Guam – A man who allegedly smuggled ice into Guam through his rectal cavity has signed a plea deal in exchange for a reduced sentence.
John Paul Marquez is facing charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and felon in possession of a firearm. As part of the plea deal, charges of importation of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime will be dropped.
The plea agreement states that Marquez concealed the ice inside of balloons and then inserted them into his rectum. He then boarded a flight to Guam but when he arrived, he was intercepted by a drug sniffing dog.
Court papers also state that DEA agents received information from an informant about Marquez, raising suspicion about Marquez’s plans to smuggle drugs into Guam.
Although the plea agreement states that the US Attorney’s Office will recommend the lowest sentence possible, Marquez could still face up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1.2 million.
Marquez’s change of plea hearing is set for June 28 at 10 am.