Hagatña, Guam – SHAWN N. ANDERSON, United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, announced that defendant Brandon Quinata, age 37, from Umatac, Guam, was sentenced in the United States District Court of Guam to 57 months imprisonment for Conspiracy to Distribute Fifty or More Grams of Methamphetamine Hydrochloride, a Schedule II controlled substance in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 846, 841(a)(1), and (b)(1)(A)(viii). The Court also ordered 3 years of supervised release following imprisonment, 50 hours of community service, and a mandatory $100 special assessment fee. In addition, defendants convicted of a federal drug offense may no longer qualify for certain federal benefits.
In February 2018, Quinata agreed with others to distribute methamphetamine. Two packages were mailed from Las Vegas to Quinata and another individual on Guam. Prior to delivery, law enforcement intercepted the packages, removed the methamphetamine, replaced it with a sham substance. The controlled delivery of the packages was conducted, a week later Quinata was interviewed and confessed to the crime. The combined weight of the drugs was approximately 223 grams, with a purity of 98%.
U.S. Attorney Anderson stated, “As revealed in this case, substantial quantities of drugs continue to be sent through our mail system. Federal law enforcement will remain vigilant in combating this activity. Traffickers can expect substantial terms of imprisonment because of our prosecutions.”
This was a joint investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case was prosecuted by Stephen F. Leon Guerrero, Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Guam.
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