by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Instead of going to trial again, Raymond Ignacio Duenas, Jr. signed a plea agreement admitting to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine hydrochloride and possession of stolen firearms.
In April 2007, federal and local law enforcement authorities executed a search warrant at Duenas' Dededo home, which he shared with his domestic partner. They found the drug Ice, stolen property and firearms. The couple was convicted and sentenced in December 2009. Raymond's conviction and 25-year sentence were overturned because a deceased police officer's testimony had been presented during the trial.
The case was remanded back to the District Court for another trial, but Duenas has agreed to cooperate with authorities in exchange for a 15- to 16-year sentence. According to the plea agreement, he admits to supervising his wife, Lourdes, and others in a drug trade and meeting his drug supplier on a daily basis to obtain crystal meth and then exchange it for money and stolen property.
He is scheduled to plead guilty in the District Court on Wednesday morning.