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Drugs go missing at courthouse

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 by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - It's probably seen just as many criminals come through its doors as the Department of Corrections. And like DOC it's also one of the last places you would think a crime would be committed.

KUAM News has confirmed an investigation is underway into missing drugs. The scene of the crime? The Superior Court of Guam.

"For us, this is very odd in this case the court is the victim to the crime," explained Superior Court of Guam Policy, Planning, and Community Affairs Director Josh Tenorio. He confirms the Guam Police Department is currently looking into a report of missing evidence that was used in a drug case over the summer months. "During an inventory of the contents of a box of evidence after the jury reached its verdict in a trial court officials determined an envelope of methamphetamines was mixing from the box so upon that discovery court officials launched an internal administrative investigation to determine the facts surrounding the case," he added.

The court's investigation, according to Tenorio, included extensive interviews with court employees, and jurors involved in the case, drug testing of employees and a review of court security video. "A report was filed an issued with the criminal investigation division with Guam Police Department, so there is an active criminal investigation going on and because of that I'm not going to disclose which case this involves. But I can say that the Attorney General's Office and the parties have been notified and that as a result there have been internal procedures that have been revised and also there's employee discipline that's ongoing," he said.

Tenorio confirms the missing methamphetamines equates to 13.5 grams. "Clearly with missing methamphetamines it's a very serious matter. I would say that we're doing everything we can to work with local law enforcement officials to find the culprit to bring them to justice," he said.

And while the case is now with GPD investigators, the court is pursuing action at least for now against one employee. "That's not to say there won't be others as more facts are presented," he said.
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