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Drug Dealer Sentenced to 300 Months in Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Districts of Guam & the Northern Mariana Islands

Hagatña, Guam – SHAWN N. ANDERSON, United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, announced that defendant James Rumbaua Damaso, age 54, a Naturalized U.S. Citizen from the Republic of the Philippines, was sentenced in the United States District Court of Guam to three hundred months imprisonment with credit for time served for Possession of Fifty or More Grams of Methamphetamine Hydrochloride with Intent to Distribute, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(A)(viii) and 18 U.S.C. § 2.  The Court also ordered Damaso serve ten years of supervised release following imprisonment and pay a mandatory $100 special assessment fee.  In addition, defendants convicted of a federal drug offense may no longer qualify for certain federal benefits.

In July 2019, James Rumbaua Damaso, recruited others to receive packages containing methamphetamine hydrochloride. The methamphetamine was mailed to Guam using the U.S. Postal System.  U.S. Postal Inspectors intercepted one of Damaso’s packages containing 1,783 net grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride that was analyzed with a purity of 97%.  He was arrested by officers with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS).  Damaso was found with an additional 121.4 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride, $31,418.00 in U.S. Currency, a drug scale and paraphernalia. The methamphetamine in total weighed 1,904 grams, equivalent to 4.2 pounds.  

On November 23, 2021, James Rumbaua Damaso was found guilty after nine days of jury trial in the U.S. District Court of Guam. Damaso had prior convictions, including a serious drug felony, subjecting him to enhanced penalties. 

“This significant sentence is the result of productive teamwork by multiple agencies at all levels of government,” said John F. Tobon, Special Agent in Charge, HSI Honolulu. “HSI will continue to target individuals and organizations involved in transnational crime.” 

"This sentence is a reminder to drug traffickers that we will not tolerate using the U.S. mail to transport controlled substances in Guam or anywhere else," said Acting Inspector in Charge Kevin Rho of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, San Francisco Division.  " I would like to thank local and federal law enforcement agencies for their partnership in stopping the spread of drugs this defendant to justice."

This case was a joint investigation conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Guam Customs and Quarantine.  The case was prosecuted by Laura C. Sambataro and Rosetta L. San Nicolas, Assistant United States Attorneys in the District of Guam.

Contact

Carmela S. Rapadas, Public Information Officer
Email: carmela.rapadas@usdoj.gov

Updated October 2, 2022

Topic
Drug Trafficking