Search warrant for drug sting granted but not executed

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Guam – A search warrant prompted by the discovery of a package containing 18 grams of methamphetamine appears to have fallen through the cracks.

A package mailed through the US Postal Service was seized by the Drug Enforcement Agency and postal inspectors on November 21, 2017. According to court documents that package contained 18 grams of methamphetamine and was addressed to a woman identified as Leilani Atoguie. The package was allegedly mailed from another woman identified as Michelle Elaine Cardinas from California and was bound for Atoguie’s home in NCS, Dededo.

A search warrant revealed the contents of this package were to be replaced with “sham” product, and a breaching device and then sent back on its way to is destination. With the “dummy package” in play, the DEA and US Postal Inspectors intended to set up a controlled delivery to Atoguie’s address.

Court documents suggest the home was under surveillance. Pictures of Atoguie’s alleged residence were obtained in preparation for this controlled delivery. But before the controlled delivery could be effectuated, law mandates federal authorities obtain a search and seizure warrant on the targeted home. The offense justifying the warrant is indicated on court documents as attempted possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. That search warrant would allow federal authorities authorization to enter Atoguie’s home upon delivery of the package—once the package is seen entering the residence or when the package was breached.

The federal court granted the warrant under the stipulation that it be executed on or before December 5, 2017, it even provided a 14-day window from that date. But it appears as though the search warrant has fallen through the cracks, as the Anticipatory Search and Seizure warrant was returned on January 26, 2018, noting “not executed.”

But why, wasn’t the warrant executed?

Court documents do not provide any answers.  Nor do they make any note of a delay in the execution of the search warrant. In addition to this, no further information is provided on the alleged drug trafficker Leilani Atoguie, her co-conspirator and alleged supplier Michelle Cardinas or the package.

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.