Student’s suspicions of drug activity leads to discovery of 95 grams of ice

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Guam – A tip from an unlikely source has led to the seizure of 95 grams of methamphetamine from the island’s streets.

An elementary school student reported suspicious activity happening in their home by their own parents.

It’s a question many people of all ages would struggle with when a crime has been committed by your loved ones. Do you report it or do you keep it to yourself?

Thanks to a student who spoke up to school officials, four individuals are behind bars for possession of ice.

Guam Police Department Spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao says police were alerted by school officials after the child reported that their parents might be involved in illegal drug activity. Police met with the parents of the student and say they discovered a drug trafficking ring in the Mongmong area.

The individuals involved were identified as Patrick Santos Padua, 48; Jeralynn Deeann Portusach, 32; Ethan Keith Sahagon, 20; and Javin Jay Portusach 18.

All four were charged with illegal possession of a schedule two controlled substance while Padua was additionally charged with possession of a schedule two controlled substance with intent to distribute. Jeralynn Portusach was also charged with child abuse.

All four were booked and confined.

 

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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.