Woman on house arrest tests positive for meth

(PNC file photo)

An asthmatic woman currently on house arrest under the District Court of Guam is being accused of violating her release conditions after testing positive for methamphetamine.

The District Court of Guam is weighing whether Linda Jean Pangelinan Palacios’ release should be revoked based on results from her drug test showing the presence of methamphetamine.

Her attorney contends that his client will always test positive for methamphetamine as a result of her medication, adding that her third party custodian can attest to Palacios not using or possessing methamphetamine.

However, Judge Bordallo indicated that advanced testing of the samples collected noted the presence of D-methamphetamine which is only present in street methamphetamine.

The judge added that L-methamphetamine, which would give a presumptive positive, is only present in prescribed medication.

Bordallo has taken the matter under advisement and will issue a decision within the week.

Palacios remains under house arrest pending the court’s decision.


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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.