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.