Spice dealer hearing set for January

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Convicted Spice dealer Max Ahn didn't leave the island intending to flee. Instead, it was out of desperation, Ahn’s attorney David Lujan said.
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Convicted Spice dealer Max Ahn didn’t leave the island intending to flee. Instead, it was out of desperation, Ahn’s attorney David Lujan said.

Court documents state that on Aug. 30, Ahn met with the U.S. Probation Office and expressed a strong desire to relocate to Orange County so that he may reunite with his family.

Despite being advised not to leave, Ahn took a flight out of the island in October.

“Perhaps some of it was a misunderstanding. But part of it was really driven by desperation because Mr. Ahn was on the verge of being homeless and so his kids sent him a roundtrip ticket,” Atty. Lujan said.

He added: “I told the Judge that after he was arrested, Mr. Ahn was brought to the federal judge in Santa Ana and once the judge understood that Mr. Ahn had a roundtrip ticket from Guam to Los Angeles and back, he released Mr. Ahn, allowed him to stay an extra three days in California and ordered Mr. Ahn to return to Guam via Korea.”

Ahn arrived on Guam on Nov. 8. The next day, he reported to probation, according to Lujan, who says that the court was satisfied with the explanation of the sequence of events and the violation will be addressed at a separate hearing.

Ahn is now staying with a friend, has surrendered his passport and is required to check in three times a week, added Lujan.

The violation hearing will be held on January 22, 2020.

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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.