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Hills defends innocence after second drug arrest

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It's his word against hers, as Derick Baza Hills is defending his reputation following his arrest and re-arrest on charges related to prescription fraud.

Hills and Sarah Mae Uche have been arrested on a slew of new charges. The two were just magistrated in court yesterday on charges related to prescription fraud. After being released on a $5,000 performance bond Wednesday night, they were re-arrested. According to police spokesperson Sergeant Liz Flickenger the new charges are related to incidents that occurred at Mega Drugs in Tamuning and Express Care in Hagatna. Uche was arrested for 22 counts of forgery, 18 counts of a Scheduled II Controlled Substance, one count of Possession of A Scheduled IV Controlled Substance, and 11 counts of Conspiracy to Commit Forgery.

Hills was arrested for seven counts of forgery, five counts of Possession of a Scheduled II Controlled Substance, and two counts of Conspiracy to Commit Forgery. Uche was booked and confined, while Hills was booked and released.

Today, Hills defended his innocence in a phone interview with KUAM News. "Once I got out, they asked me to do further questioning regarding other ongoing investigations, which I don't call re-arresting. They released me but needed more information. I cooperated and I answered questions and I think it led to more information that made them put pieces together. They're doing their work very diligently that allowed me to be released. The AG's Office is going to handle it from here," he said.

According to Hills, his next court appearance in that case has been set for three years from now, in August 2018. A free man today, Hills shoots down any allegations of drug use. According to court documents released on Wednesday, Uche claimed to have seen Hills snort Oxycodone, a Schedule II Controlled Substance.

Hills maintained, "What the public knows is she (Uche) stated I had a habit. It's unfortunate, but no, I don't have a habit. I'm following the judge's orders. There's no pattern or history of this incident. I tested negative at the Hagatna Probation Office, which I'm very happy to say. And there is no pattern, no history, or habit. Again, going back, the information and cooperation is very foretelling at who the evidence so far who is released and who is confined."

As for his affiliation with Uche, hills says it's unfortunate their friendship has come to this, telling KUAM News, "I am a people person and I will continue to love the people of Guam. But no matter who you are and with her, I thought she would've been a good friend when I met her two-and-a-half months ago. To be in a situation like this is just unfortunate."

And while he's asked for the public's support in past elections, today he asks for a different kind of support, saying, "I just ask the public to continue to support and follow through with being positive contributing citizens and direct their support and prayer to my family. They need it. And I will keep my head up and I will do so as the judge said and continue to be a good citizen."

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