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Guam Drug Dealer Sentenced to 97 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 Ian David Waki, age 48, from Guam was sentenced to 97 months imprisonment for Possession of Methamphetamine Hydrochloride with Intent to Distribute, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1).  The Court also ordered three years of supervised release and a mandatory $100 special assessment fee.  In addition, defendants convicted of a federal drug offense may no longer qualify for certain federal benefits. 

On July 7, 2023, officers with the Guam Police Department attempted to stop a stolen Ford Fl50 truck. A police pursuit ended on a dead-end road in a jungle area. Waki was found sitting in the driver's seat of the truck.  After being told to shut off the engine, Waki revved the vehicle and then fled on foot.  Officers apprehended him a short distance away following a brief struggle.

Officers recovered a partially open wallet containing bags of methamphetamine, MDMA, and a cellphone just outside the vehicle.  A wallet with more bags of methamphetamine, amphetamine pills, $1,069 in currency, and Waki’s driver's license were located within the vehicle.  The DEA Southwest Laboratory determined the substances contained 105.6 grams of methamphetamine with a purity of 97 percent.

“I applaud the efforts by GPD officers throughout this investigation,” stated United States Attorney Anderson.  “This case once again highlights the dangers officers face during traffic stops.  Fortunately, this matter had a good outcome for our communities.”

This investigation was conducted by the Guam Police Department with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The case was prosecuted by Devarup Rastogi, Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Guam.


Carmela S. Rapadas, Public Information Officer

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Updated June 5, 2024

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