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Martinez couple take plea deal in high profile drug case

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They couldn't get a conviction here on Guam, but after the case was moved to California, a plea agreement has been entered in a high profile drug case.

Raymond and Juanita Martinez have signed plea agreements in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

The couple faced federal drug charges. They were accused of trying to smuggle eight pounds of the drug ice from California to Guam in June 2015.

However, after two mistrials in Guam, the case was moved to California. According to the plea agreement signed on April 11th, 2019 Raymond and Juanita pleaded guilty to "Illegal Use of a Communication Facility", more specifically, on June 4th, 2015 in Los Angeles County, they knowingly used a telephone to cause and facilitate the possession with intent to distribute 3,608 grams of actual methamphetamine.

As part of the plea agreement, the pair agreed not to contest any forfeitable assets, including a 2008 Black Mercedes Benz G55, 2015 Silver Lexus, a yellow Suzuki Hayabusa, and more than $33,000 cash.

Raymond and Juanita are scheduled to appear before Judge Fernando M. Olguin on May 1st, to officially enter their guilty pleas. The pair could face up to four years in prison, followed by a one-year period of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment fee.

According to the plea agreement at the time of sentencing the U.S. Attorney's Office will move to dismiss the remaining charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, and Aiding and Abetting.

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