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Officer faces federal charges for drugs inside prison

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 by Krystal Paco

Guam - A Department of Corrections officer was caught promoting prison contraband, but it could get worse for the officer in question, who now faces federal charges.

It was Monday morning DepCor Officer Eugene Sunega reported for duty. Little did he know there would be a random bag and vehicle search of all prison personnel. Sunega was caught promoting prison contraband - the findings have put him in hot water not only with his workplace, but with the feds.

DOC spokesperson Lieutenant Jeff Limo said, "Eugene Sunega, the officer that's mentioned in this arrest, is under federal authorities at this point."

Earlier today Sunega was charged in federal court with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. According to court documents, a package of contraband was thrown over the fence into the prison compound for an individual identified only as Suspect 1.

When the suspect was interviewed by DOC Internal Affairs officers, the individual implicated Sunega was involved in the criminal drug activity at the facility. Around this time, limo was already planning and coordinating the unannounced bag check of employees, which included Sunega.

Although Sunega was scheduled to report for duty at 6am on Monday, he called in late and arrived just after 9am.

When Sunega's backpack was searched, he denied having any contraband. Rolled up in his jacket however, was a large package completely sealed in plastic wrap. Upon discovery of the item, he told the searching officer, "I'm sorry, sir" as the contraband inside included cigarettes, cigarette lighters, tobacco, beef jerky, Tabasco, garlic powder, a glass pipe, and a quantity of crystal-like powder suspected to be a controlled substance which was later identified as 4.9 grams of crystal meth.

According to Limo, Sunega is an officer one and has been with the department for the last four years and eight months. As of today, Sunega's status with the department is in limbo as the investigation on DOC's end must be completed within 60 days.

"There's going to be a lot of people pulled in - both inmates, detainees, and personnel as well. And again we would like to protect the integrity of the investigation and not comment further on that," said Limo.

Meanwhile Limo says he's waiting on Sunega's drug test results and says should other officers be in question, they too could be tested. "If it's been reported to our office, it has to be approved by the director of Corrections for anyone to be brought down for urinalysis test," said Limo.

"And again the law specifically says that we have to have probable cause. And in this case, we do have probable cause for Officer Sunega."
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