GWA employee no longer working after drug sweep
by Mindy Aguon
Guam - It was exactly one week ago when Customs and Quarantine officers were called to the Guam Waterworks Authority's facility in Upper Tumon to conduct a coordinated drug sweep. And while three human resource cases stemmed from it, GWA general manager Martin Rousch confirms with KUAM News that GWA employee Jesse Joseph Wusstig Cruz no longer works with the utility agency.
"I don't really want to comment on the human resource matters," Rousch speculated, "and I would say that there are investigations because of course a lot of these employees could be innocent and they deserve their due process and their time."
Cruz was magistrated in the Superior Court of Guam on Thursday, charged with possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance. According to court documents, drug detector dogs alerted to Cruz's personal locker and inside officers found a glass pipe with crystal methamphetamine residue in which Cruz acknowledged was his. And while this drug sweep was part of a proactive measure, Rousch says this isn't the first time drugs have been an issue as most recent in the last year, community members have reported suspicious activity with GWA employees and drugs.
"When the community tells me something, I listen and because of the community calls-in and gives notification when they see something suspicious, we investigate it and that has lead to us being able to improve GWA," he explained.
Rousch says more drug sweeps and drug testing can be expected.