Police raid three homes, arrest 4 individuals

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Three homes and one vehicle were raided by police on Friday resulting in the arrest of four individuals, the discovery of drugs and explosives.

Guam – Authorities had been investigating the sale and distribution of illegal drugs specifically crystal methamphetamine and marijuana since September 7, 2017, based on information that was provided to the Mandana Drug Task Force. During this time, four individuals were identified, Frank Anthony Babauta, Inas Gerald Tainatongo, Patrick Meno Santiago, and Michelle Tainatongo Santiago.

A search warrant was executed on three separate residences and one vehicle all yielding suspected drugs and/or paraphernalia.

According to court documents, the search began at Babauta’s Agat residence with the discovery of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Authorities say that Babauta admitted to the sale and distribution of ice and identified Patrick Santiago as his source. Further stating that he purchased $1,200 of ice just two days prior. He also stated that his cousin, Inas Tainatongo would also purchase ice for him.

The complaint states that Tainatongo is the brother of Michelle Santiago who is married to Patrick Santiago.

According to court documents Babauta led police officers to Merizo where he pointed out Tainatango’s residence and also the Santiago residence. A search of Tainatango’s home and vehicle not only revealed drugs and paraphernalia but also illegal explosives identified as possible fireworks.

Meanwhile a search of the Santiago residence revealed 1.2 grams of ice and 9 grams of marijuana.

Babauta has been charged with illegal possession of a scheduled two controlled substance with intent to deliver and illegal possession of a scheduled two controlled substance.

Tainatango was charged with illegal possession of a scheduled one controlled substance, illegal possession of a scheduled two substance, and illegal possession of explosives.

Patrick and Michelle Santiago were illegal possession of a scheduled two controlled substance with intent to deliver, illegal possession of a scheduled one substance and illegal possession of a schedule two controlled substance.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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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.