Federal prosecutors threw the book at the former Guam police officer.

Jose Pablo Ananich, who also served a few years as a correctional officer more than two decades ago, will now have to spend quite some time locked up in a federal prison.

He’s getting 20 years.

He was sentenced before Senior Judge John Coughenour in the District Court of Guam. 

Ananich admitted to illegal drugs and weapons possession charges nearly three years ago.

He pleaded guilty to multiple counts of conspiracy to distribute 50 or more grams of methamphetamine, attempted possession of meth with intent to distribute, and carrying of firearms in commission of a drug trafficking crime.

The case, which involved eight pounds of meth, also led to the conviction of James Mafnas and Andrew Manibusan.

Both are currently serving time in federal prison.

Now the case all surfaced after investigators learned Mafnas smoked meth with Ananich and was recruited by him to figure out how to get money to someone in California.

Ananich gave Mafnas the money to buy 51 U.S. postal money orders and addressed them to the supplier identified as Manibusan.

The money orders totaled $51,000.

Manibusan was busted in California after mailing a package to Guam containing more than 3,600 gross grams of meth.

During a controlled operation in June 2021, the package was delivered to a home in Yigo which was opened by Ananich.

When law enforcement arrived, Ananich was spotted inside a shipping container converted into a storage and workroom, apparently burning the package.

After learning his fate, Ananich walked out of the courtroom today with a brief apology.

“I don't have enough life in me to regret what I've done. I'd like to say sorry to the people of Guam who trusted me,” he said. 

Ananich will have to self-surrender to federal authorities at a later date where he will then begin serving his 20 year prison term.