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Detainee busted for making calls with cell phone

Posted: Aug 06, 2018 4:10 PM Updated:

One detainee didn't need to be reminded to call his mother. It's how he did it, however, that's got him facing an additional felony charge.

Hello from the other side - detainee Brandon Michael Acosta was in jail when he's alleged to have made several calls from a cell phone. "This situation, my understanding is that the individual used PayTel, but later called again using a cell phone, so a shakedown was conducted and the cell phone was found. So he has been charged," detailed DepCor Director Tony Lamorena. He couldn't tell KUAM what kind of phone Acosta was reportedly using...only that the item was turned over to police.

"We turned this over to GPD," he continued. "GPD is doing the investigation. The magistrate, the arrest was a result of GPD's investigation."

The 24-year-old was re-arrested and charged with promotion of major prison contraband (communication device) as a second degree felony. Court documents state police learned Acosta was phoning family - specifically his mother - and his girlfriend.

The phone number, however, wasn't linked to a DOC number.

Though he initially told police he had been using another inmate's Paytel account to make the calls, he later admitted to having the cell phone and making at least one call a week. "Contraband is a constant battle with DOC," said Lamorena.

Lamorena tells KUAM they don't have any evidence to suspect it was an inside job, though corrections officers and staff are allowed to have their personal cell phones on prison grounds in case of AN emergency. "They're allowed to have their cell phones. We currently have radios for every officer, but sometimes those radios do go down 0231 so we have the officers use their cell phones; now, each officer's cell phone is registered with control, so if there are calls that are made out on an officer's cell phone, we'll know that," he said.

We should add that Acosta was reportedly making calls from a cell phone at both the Mangilao and Agana facility.

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