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Closing arguments presented in meth trial

Posted: May 18, 2018 5:19 PM Updated:

Experienced drug traffickers or victims of a government set up? The Martinez/Moser trial draws to a dramatic end with closing arguments.

Both parties took their last crack at trying to sway the jury's opinion. U.S. Assistant Attorney Fred Black kicked off Friday's closing arguments, focusing mainly on the two hours of video and audio evidence captured by the government. Black affirming that it was the defendants, Raymond Martinez and Juanita Moser, who were the true masterminds behind the smuggling plan.

Shown by their conversations with criminal informant and former Guam Customs Lieutenant Henry Alvendi, the defendants showed apparent knowledge in drug trafficking. They were curious about Customs technology and Martinez even admitted to a connection to a source in the mainland.

Contrary to defense's arguments of Alvendia's known corruption, Black argues that's exactly why the couple had tried to recruit him in the plan, promising him $150,000 to $200,000. And after Alvendia agreed to participate, the defendants facilitated the plan of disguising the drugs as rock salt, so far as to create their own labels before leaving to California.

Black concluded his argument, urging the jury to take another look at the videos and acknowledge the behavior of the defendants. On the other hand, defense Peter Perez says that the couple was indeed entrapped by government agents.

Recounting the inconsistencies in the actions and testimonies of the law enforcement involved, including HSI Agents, Torrance Police Officers, and Redondo Beach Police Officers - like the illegal installation of the GPS tracker without a warrant, the K9 search, omission of investigation details, and the traffic stop.

Instances that were set up well in advance and agreed upon by all those involved. Government witness, Alvendia, was also attacked for his lack of credibility and cooperation solely for his own behalf.

Lastly, defense emphasized the admission by agents that there was no physical evidence of the defendants ever possessing, receiving, or smuggling drugs prior to 2015.

The couple is being charged with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine hydrochloride after more than 8 pounds of the drug was found in their vehicle in California.

The value of the amount seized, about $2.5 million, with their now remaining in the hands of 12 of their peers.

Jury deliberations begin Monday.

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