News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: February 16, 2012
Contact: DEA Public Affairs
Number: 213-621-6827

Guam Federal Indictments for 10: Meth, Firearms, Continuing Criminal Enterprise Charges

FEB 16 - (Guam) – Alicia A.G. Limtiaco, United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, announced a 25 count indictment against Mateo B. Sardoma for operating a Continuing Criminal Enterprise. In addition, Sardoma and nine members of his organization were indicted for conspiracy to distribute over 50 grams of methamphetamine.

The nine additional co-conspirators include Rudy P.H. Sablan, Maria C. Edrosa, Christopher A.D. Mesa, Walter Duenas, Sylvia Mashburn Duenas, Eduardo V. Lake, Anthony Aro Villanueva, Joseph Caballero and Elizabeth Aguon.

The indictments issued on February 15, 2012, also charge Sardoma and two others in his organization with using, carrying and possessing a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. The indictment includes 22 firearm related charges relating primarily to convicted felons carrying firearms, 18 against Rudy Sablan, and two against Sardoma.

The indictment alleges a scheme to bring methamphetamine to Guam from the Philippines and California. It is alleged that methamphetamine was traded for firearms, stolen items and for cash. The indictment alleges that large amounts of cash were mailed to California including $35,000 on March 24, 2011 and $59,900 on April 18, 2011. Sardomo alleged made improvements to his Dededo residence between April and June of 2011 in cash payments to the contractor of approximately $53,340.

The indictment alleges that the conspiracy used force, harassment and firearms to maintain control of the methamphetamine organization, even to the extent of a kidnapping and torture as well as a brutal assault of one victim on October 24 and 25, 2011.

A continuing criminal enterprise charge carries a minimum sentence of 20 years to a maximum prison term of life and a two million dollar fine. The conspiracy to distribute charge has a minimum sentence of 10 years to a maximum prison term of life and a 10 million dollar fine.

This was an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation dubbed “Operation Fili-Islander”, in which the following agencies participated: Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s-Homeland Security Investigations (HIS), U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Guam Police Department and Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency.

Members of the public are reminded that an Indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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