Guam - The second phase of the federal government's case against convicted drug traffickers Mateo Sardoma and Maria Edrosa got underway today in the District Court of Guam. There are two forfeiture allegations against the couple. According to the indictment federal authorities argue that three vehicles, a motorcycle, a television and $7,000 in cash were proceeds or derived from the illegal activity.
Jurors were not made aware of the forfeiture until after the verdict was read earlier this week. The defense was given additional time to prepare and closing arguments on the forfeiture phase got underway this morning. Sardoma, Edrosa and Rudy Sablan were found guilty Tuesday in a major multi-million dollar drug trafficking case.
Sardoma was described as a drug kingpin.