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Former cop testifies "I really like to smoke weed"

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 by Krystal Paco

Guam - Trial continued today for Roy Pablo, the former GPD officer who along with his common law wife and her brother were arrested late last year accused of operating a fully functional marijuana grow operation at their Dededo home.    

Before both parties rested their case today, Pablo took to the stand for himself to testify on what was really happening behind closed doors.

"I really like to smoke weed," said 31-year-old Roy Pablo who added "I like the feeling of smoking," he told the court today.

As the former police officer testified in his defense to a number of charges including manufacturing, possession, and conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance, in addition to child neglect and abuse and possession of more than one ounce of marijuana, he admitted to knowing his habit was illegal and could threaten his job as a man in uniform.

While on the stand, he also testified that he had two homes - one in Barrigada and one in Dededo where he stayed with his significant other, Ah Rum Kim, her two children, and Kim's younger brother Steven. The Dededo house was raided by authorities last November resulting in the arrests of all three adults. Today, Pablo clarified that although he enjoyed smoking weed and knew how to "grow his own," he wasn't the one growing at the Dededo location and that it was steven Se suspected who was "growing something" and "doing an experiment" evident by purchases Steven requested of Pablo on eBay, including lights and reflective film.

But despite his suspicions, Pablo admits to turning a blind eye to what was happening under his Dededo roof. He stated he had never entered Steven's room which was always locked. He also stated he had never watered or cared for any plants there. Because he knew Ah Rum was dealing, he told the court today that he had tried on several occasions to get her to stop, but was unsuccessful and that he was aware that profits from such sales were used towards the Dededo house's utilities. He added today, "I told her that it could hurt us all and that I wanted her to stop." as incentive to stop, he says he funded a side business for her so she could stop relying on profits from drug sales.

But because she continued to deal, Pablo told the court he stayed out of any transactions and never learned who her customers were but on one occasion saw as much as three-thousand dollars in cash in her possession.

Although he maintains his not guilty plea for most of the charges, he did plead guilty to official misconduct today.

His former boss, GPD Chief Fred Bordallo reacts to Pablo's guilty plea reiterating that no one is above the law, saying, "Its always a disappointment because in every training the emphasis is always on the oath of office they take their commitment to comply and enforce the law and responsibly they have as a police offer to make sure they are a model for our youth and younger generation to show they respect the law and by an officer crossing the line and being involved with illegal drug activity or any illegal activity is against the code of ethic of the Guam police department."

As we've been reporting, Pablo resigned from the police department following his arrest in November.

Closing arguments will be heard Thursday morning before Presiding Judge Alberto Lamorena.
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