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Inarajan bust captures over 35 lbs. of cocaine

Posted: May 18, 2018 4:51 PM Updated:

Nearly half a million dollars worth of cocaine. Police taking five people into custody after finding more than 35 pounds of that drug during a raid on a home in Inarajan. Court documents just released late today detail how it all started after investigators raided a separate home on May 10.

Documents state that's when they found a large number of prescription drugs and a small baggie with cocaine inside the home.The suspect from that raid then told police he got the drugs from Nicholas Fredrick as collateral for a loan. He then agreed to assist officers in the drug investigation by having them monitor a call to Frederick.

During that recent operation, police found more drugs including cocaine when they arrested Frederick and Danby Yi Rojas.

Frederick then revealing his source of the drug supply that eventually led authorities to this major find. One of the suspects admitted to investigators that he found the cocaine after it had washed-up on the shore of his property several weeks ago. 

Now, law enforcement are working to get a handle on the latest surge of this particular illicit drug. This as they call on the community to help prevent and put a stop to those using and abusing.

A major bust happening down south. Guam police spokesperson Sgt. Paul Tapao confirming the large cocaine find - 35 pounds street valued at 400 grand - was confiscated by the Mandana Drug Task Force. Authorities additionally finding the drug, ICE.

Tapao said, "It all really starts with intel gathering and it starts at the patrol level coupled with information that has been generated through the community."

Information authorities received about apparent illegal drug activity at an Inarajan home. "It really shows the effort and what it took to obtain this significant amount of drug seizure," he said.

The historic find for the local police department resulting in the arrest of a handful of people following Thursday's drug raid. 45 year old Robert John Afaisen, 35 year old Jonathan Meno Manglona, 47 year old John Acfalle Tainatongo, 41 year old Monica Anne Quinata, and 24 year old George Carlos Paulino Flores each charged with illegal possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

Afaisen additionally charged with illegal drug possession with the intent to distribute, Tainatongo with hindering apprehension, and Flores with violation of a court order.

Prison records show Tainatongo has a drug case from 2003, while Flores' criminal past goes back to a family violence and assault case from 2016, and an illegal drug and firearm possession case just last year.

Tapao says this is now going down as GPD's largest drug seizure ever...It's also the latest cocaine findings in the territory.

"Cocaine has been around. It surfaced in the early 90's towards the latter part of the 90's and has gone underground," said Tapao. "Crystal meth and marijuana is still the prevalent choice of drug within our island. Cocaine has been surfacing and it's showing that with the first discovery of cocaine washing ashore at Hawaiian Rock beachside and at Andersen site brings to light how much of the drug is on island."

Authorities saying both local and federal efforts to sniff out those dealing illegal drugs are far from over.  Tapao said, "We are going to send a message to the community that the MDTF...we are plagued with an epidemic and that's drugs. Crystal meth is prevalent choice but any other out there, our main goal is provide safety and security, and lot of crimes are attributed to drugs."

Tapao adding now is the time to get a handle on those using and abusing to curb demand, and ultimately put a stop to more illicit drugs from getting out on our streets. "If you are dependent on the drug no matter what there are avenues for help and could seek help. Whether you get arrested and placed on judicial side of the system there is help available seek that help," he said.

The administration applauded the efforts of the police department and their federal partners to keep the drugs off of our streets. Governor Calvo stated, "It's not an easy task. It's a dangerous job. And too often, it's a thankless job. But these officers are working to protect our community, by ensuring drugs don't infest any more of our children and our parents, and rob the future of this island."

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