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Defendants Sentenced in the District Court of Guam

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2014

        ALICIA A.G. LIMTIACO, United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, announced that five defendants who were witnesses in the  U.S. v. Mateo B. Sardoma, Jr. aka “Mat”, Rudy P.H. Sablan, Maric C. Edrosa aka “Cristina”, et al. trial were sentenced this week by Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood, as follows:

  1. Defendant JOSEPH MALLO, age 34, was sentenced on June 24, 2014, to 33 months incarceration, followed by three years of supervised release.  Defendant MALLO pled guilty to Felon in Possession of Firearms, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1).   MALLO testified he was a user of methamphetamine that he had obtained from Defendant Rudy Sablan.

  2. Defendant JERRICK UNCHANGCO, age 33, was sentenced on June 24, 1014, to time served of one year, 11 months and 29 days, and to three years supervised release.  Defendant UNCHANGCO pled guilty to Felon in Possession of Firearms, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1).  UNCHANGCO testified he was a user of methamphetamine that he had obtained from Defendant Rudy Sablan.

  3. Defendant ROMMEL WHITING, age 44, was sentenced on June 25, 2014, to time served, followed by three years of supervised release.  Defendant WHITING imported methamphetamine in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841 and 846.  WHITING testified he was a user of methamphetamine that he had obtained from Defendant Rudy Sablan.

  4. Defendant ELIZABETH AGUON, age 56, was sentenced on June 25, 2014, to two years imprisonment and five years supervised release.  Defendant AGUON pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, in violation of  21 U.S.C. §§ 841 and 846.  AGUON testified she was a user of methamphetamine that she had obtained from Defendant Rudy Sablan.

  5. Defendant JOSEPH CABALLERO, age 47, was sentenced on June 26, 2014, to two years imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release.  Defendant CABELLERO pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 846.  CABELLERO testified he performed odd jobs for Defendant Mateo B. Sardoma, Jr., and that he was a user of methamphetamine and distributed less than one gram of methamphetamine.

        U.S. Attorney Limtiaco stated, “Our community is not immune from the poison of methamphetamine.  These cases illustrate the hard work our partners in law enforcement do every day to stop the distribution of methamphetamine into Guam.”   These five defendants were witnesses in the U.S. v. Mateo B. Sardoma, Jr. aka “Mat”, Rudy P.H. Sablan, Maric C. Edrosa aka “Cristina”, et al., which is the product of an extensive investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, (OCDETF) a focused multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force investigating and prosecuting the most significant drug trafficking organizations throughout the United States by leveraging the combined expertise of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

        The investigations were conducted by Special Agents and Task Force Officers at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security-Homeland Security Investigations (DHS-HSI) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  The cases against Defendants UNCHANGCO and WHITING were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rosetta San Nicolas.  The cases against Defendants MALLO, AGUON and CABELLERO were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Fred Black.

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