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Drug dealer asks court for release

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - A convicted drug dealer and former police officer is asking that the District Court sentence him to time served and allow him to be released from federal prison. Anthony Ascura is scheduled to be sentenced next Friday. 

In 1996 the 63-year-old decorated Vietnam War veteran and former police lieutenant was sentenced to 19 years in prison for trafficking heroin and methamphetamine. Last October, the court vacated the criminal conspiracy to import methamphetamine and heroin charge, which allows him to be re-sentenced. The defense contends a time served sentence is justified and appropriate. 

They also noted his extensive post-sentencing rehabilitation, his previous military service, his age and strong family support as other reasons to support their request. 

Ascura's sentencing is scheduled for Friday in the District Court. 

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