U.S. Attorney Black Moves to Dismiss Sardoma Forfeiture Claims, No Decision Yet

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Guam – Two days after Drug Kingpin Mateo Sardoma was convicted of drug trafficking charges, a forfeiture hearing was held in District Court regarding property that was seized from Sardoma and his girlfriend, Maria Cristina Edrosa, who was also found guilty in the same trial.

Attorneys have been placed under gag order by Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood, but Sardoma’s legal counsel, Atty. Curtis Van De Veld told PNC News that Prosecutor Fred Black orally moved to dismiss the forfeiture matters. No decision was reached.

Attorneys are due back in court tomorrow at 10 am.

This morning’s forfeiture hearing was closed off to the public, however, it had been scheduled for prosecuting and defense attorneys to make closing arguments to the same 12-panel jury who convicted Sardoma and Edrosa.

The forfeiture items include a 2008 Toyota Tacoma, a 2007 Nissan Altima, a 2003 Toyota Highlander, a 2006 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle, a 60-inch TV, and $7,034 in cash.

Sardoma, Edrosa and Rudy PH Sablan were found guilty on Tuesday in one of the biggest drug trafficking cases on Guam in the last decade. The case involved over 10 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of over $2 million dollars.