Woman pleads guilty to dealing synthetic marijuana

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Judiciary of Guam (file photo)

A woman busted for dealing synthetic marijuana has pleaded guilty in local court.

After two years of the case being adjudicated, Marikita Simion accepted responsibility for her role in the synthetic marijuana or “Spice” case.

Accepting a deal with the government, Simion pled guilty to the fourth charge contained in the indictment of illegal possession of a schedule one controlled substance as a third-degree felony.

Simion, along with her husband Bantasar Kosi, Dolores John, and Bersiman Heartman were implicated in a Spice drug bust in 2018, after police received a tip from a concerned citizen. Both husband and wife allegedly admitted to dealing Spice out of their residence for about a year, profiting $200 per package of spice.

According to the complaint, inside Simion’s purse, police found a handgun, over $11,000 in cash, and 469 grams of Spice.

As part of her cooperation deal, the charge of illegally possessing a firearm without a firearm identification, possession of an unregistered firearm, and the first charge of possession of a scheduled one controlled substance as a first-degree felony were dismissed.

A sentencing hearing has been set for January, however, this guilty plea means that Simion now faces deportation.

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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.