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New Customs officers making big drug busts

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by Jolene Toves

Guam - The recent major bust at the port is the latest in a string of drug arrests by Guam Customs and Quarantine's new officers.

Two weeks on the job and Guam Customs and Quarantine's recent graduates made multiple drug busts according to acting public information officer Russell Maritita told KUAM News, "Through the past week the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency has apprehended four individuals on four separate occasions one being a male and three others being females."

Just five days on the job and they stopped 20-year-old Kjirstan A. Thorn at the airport. She was found in possession of Ritalin - a Scheduled II stimulant. She was arrested and charged with illegal possession and possession on board an aircraft.

Four days later they successfully stopped 423 grams of crystal meth from hitting our streets. As we reported 29-year-old Eric Hilario Fortes is accused of hiding the meth in supplements and a lint roller, the street value for the Ice $360,000. "With the help of the seasoned officers they have really made an impact in the last couple of weeks and through these last seizures it shows that they are really out there doing their job they are staying vigilant and we are really proud of them," he said.

Just yesterday they caught a woman bringing in 16 grams of marijuana she was issued a citation. And just today another bust at the airport as 20-year-old Zelyonne Camacho was caught in possession of 3 grams of methamphetamine.

The recent busts made by customs has gathered commendation from the Guam Police Department's chief Fred Bordallo said, "They made a real good seizure at the same too, we worked with the Guam Customs too and other federal law enforcement agencies like Drug Enforcement Agency and the US Customs to ensure that we stem the flow of importation of drugs on the island."

Stopping meth from entering our borders is an ongoing battle and Bordallo says the biggest drug threat for our island, a threat that will not be taken lightly. "And we're being very hard on the drug dealers to send a message to them that they'll lose their assets and we work in tandem with the Attorney General's Office to ensure their prosecuted and punished severely," he said.  "And we're going to be helping out with the governor's initiatives to get all the law enforcement agencies together. We're going to work not only with the Airport Police, but the Port Authority Police, Guam Customs and all the other local law enforcement agencies and our federal partners, too, to ensure that Guam's community's streets are safe."

Sending a clear message that if you do the crime you will do the time. 

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