Paulino takes plea deal

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Cynthia Paulino was not indicted in federal court. Instead, the US Attorney General's office brought charges against her through information received and sealed a day after she was picked up earlier this month.

A woman who was implicated as a drug dealer in federal court took a plea deal with the government, fessing up to the crimes.

Cynthia Paulino was not indicted in federal court. Instead, the US Attorney General’s office brought charges against her through information received and sealed a day after she was picked up earlier this month.

Today, she made her initial appearance before the court, taking a deal with the government and pleading guilty to possessing more than 50 grams of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

By taking the deal, Paulino faces up 10 years to life behind bars. But based on her cooperation, the government may motion for a downward departure from the mandatory minimums.

Sentencing for the crime has not been determined. However, she was granted pre-sentencing release with no objections from the government.

A status hearing has been set for Jan. 16, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.

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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.