OAG: Paul Eliam Ruak Convicted for Growing Marijuana

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Guam – The Guam Attorney General has announced the conviction of Paul Eliam Ruak on a charge of Manufacturing a Schedule I Controlled Substance and Possession of More Than One Once of Marijuana as a petty misdemeanor.

A Superior Court Jury handed down the guilty verdict Monday following 2 hours of deliberations, states a release from the AG.

Ruak was arrested last August when police, responding to a burglary complaint, found 3 marijuana plants growing in pots inside his home. The dry weight of the marijuana plants measured 1 pound 6 onces.

The release quotes Assistant Attorney General James Collins as saying that the AG “remains committed to prosecuting those who produce and traffic controlled substances, especially where the suspects involved in these crimes have previous or on-going criminal cases.”

And Attorney General Lenny Rapadas thanked  his staff and Guam Police for their hard work and the jury for the attention they paid to the case.

READ the release from the Attorney General below:

Ruak Convicted for Drugs

June 18, 2013- Hagatna, Guam- After a week of trial and 2 hours of jury deliberation, Paul Eliam Ruak was convicted yesterday of Manufacturing a Schedule I Controlled Substance as a first degree felony and Possession of More Than One Ounce of Marijuana as a petty misdemeanor.

In August of last year, the Guam Police Department (GPD) arrived at Ruak’s residence after a phone call was placed to report a suspected burglary.  As GPD searched the premises of the home, they located three marijuana plants growing in plastic pots that were several feet tall. In dry weight, the marijuana weighed about 720 grams or 1pound 6 ounces. Ruak admitted that the plants were his and was subsequently arrested.

“The Office of the Attorney General remains committed to prosecuting those who produce and traffic controlled substances, especially where the suspects involved in these crimes have previous or on-going criminal cases,” said Assistant Attorney General James Collins.

“This conviction would not have been possible without the commendable work of the Officers of the Guam Police Department’s Southern Precinct, who conducted the investigation in the case, and gave testimony at trial,” he continued.

“I would like to thank my staff and GPD for their hard work.  I’d like to also thank the jury for the attention they paid to this case,” said Attorney General Leonardo M. Rapadas.

Ruak faces anywhere between ten and twenty years in jail and will be sentenced on August 7, 2013.