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Investigation underway at DepCor

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 by Krystal Paco

Guam - It marks another investigation underway at the Department of Corrections.

This latest one follows the discovery of a broken cell window that with some ingenuity could be used to smuggle contraband inside

Prison officials don't believe it was an escape attempt.

"We are conducting the investigation at this point and from what we've reviewed through this preliminary investigation is that these guys were eluding to try to get contraband in," said DEPCOR spokesperson Lt. Jeff Limo. He told KUAM News it was on early Thursday evening when corrections officers conducted their routine exterior checks and observed a suspicious noise prompting a lockdown.

But what did they find? The farthest right window, or cell five, had been tampered with from the inside.

"They were able to crack the glass from the inside and push the metal out," he said.

And a look from inside Cell 5 today, Limo shows KUAM News that no adult or even a small child could fit through the window because of a bar down the middle.

That's why officials believe the four men occupying the cell were looking to establish a means to sneak contraband in.

He explained, "So again, it's accessible to the general public to try to put something on a broomstick and perhaps get it through the window which there were several attempts back in the day."

This wouldn't be the first time prison officials have battled to keep contraband out.

As we previously reported, a woman hid crystal methamphetamine in her baby's diaper while visiting her common law husband and on another occasion, an outsider linked ten straws together and pushed the straws through a door jam. The straws were filled with ice, marijuana, and Copenhagen.

While Thursday's incident is still under investigation, Limo confirms all four men are pre-trial detainees and have since been transferred to the Maximum Security Unit in Mangilao where they'll spend 23 hours behind bars with only one hour of fresh air.

Limo said, "Four of them, namely Ruben Casuto, Albert Tedtaotao, Freddy Quinata and John McCord, were all placed up to the Mangilao facility pending the conclusion of my investigation. None of them are escape risks as far their intaking process has alerted us that they're not escape risks. That's one of the things we've looked at is their character."

Limo also confirms its being investigated as to why there were four men in the 2-man cell and what used to break the glass window. He notes that although it's not unusual for as many as three men to occupy a cell during peak hours, it remains unknown why a fourth person was placed in Cell 5.
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