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Duenas couple sentenced in federal court

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - It marked one of the biggest busts in Guam Police Department history.  A raid conducted at a Dededo home on April 19, 2007 resulted in the confiscation of hundreds of items believed to be stolen and possibly linked to more than a dozen burglaries around the island.

The couple was convicted back in March of this year and today they faced District Court Judge Dean Pregerson, who imposed stiff penalties for the couple's criminal involvement.

Raymond and Lourdes Duenas appeared before the federal judge today, as details surrounding their criminal activity were recalled.  Two-and-a-half years ago police executed a search warrant at the couple's home in Astumbo and found a jackpot - hundreds of stolen items, firearms and drugs.  And despite attempts to have the evidence and testimony presented to police thrown out, the couple were found guilty by a federal jury earlier this year. 

Today Raymond Ignacio Duenas, Jr. was sentenced to 25 years behind bars for conspiracy to distribute methampethamine hydrochloride and possession with the intent to distribute, as well as using and carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime and possession of stolen firearms.  Lourdes Castro Duenas was sentenced to 20 years behind bars for conspiracy to distribute methampethamine hydrochloride and possession with the intent to distribute.

The couple was also sentenced to 10 years supervised release.

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