Two men on the run, one is an ex-cop

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Guam – An Ex-cop and his co-actor are running from the law as the two have failed to comply with conditions of their pre-trial release.

Former Police officer Jason Ortiola and co-defendant Roger Balicha were a no show to their court hearing today and have also failed to check in with probation as ordered by the court.

The two men and a third man Jose Santos Jr. are facing charges of drug possession and drug trafficking after police executed a search warrant at the Summer Oceanview Towers in Tamuning as part of an investigation into illegal drug distribution.

Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola, issued bench warrants for their arrest, noting that their bail is subject to forfeiture.

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.