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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Districts of Guam & the Northern Mariana Islands

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 1, 2015

Joe Davy Benavente, Jr. Sentenced Today

     ALICIA A.G. LIMTIACO, United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, announced that JOE DAVY BENAVENTE, JR., age 30, of Merizo, was sentenced today before Senior Judge Alex R. Munson, in the District Court of Guam, to six months home confinement with credit for time served, four years supervised release, 200 hours community service and a drug rehabilitation program approved by the U.S. Probation Office.

     Defendant BENAVENTE was charged with and pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 5 grams of methamphetamine (ice).  BENAVENTE sent money on behalf of co-defendant David Quinata to Eder-Cortez Zelaya in Las Vegas to pay for ice.

     U.S. Attorney Limtiaco stated, “Our community is not immune from the poison of methamphetamine.  This case illustrates the hard work our partners in law enforcement do every day to stop the distribution of methamphetamine into Guam.  This conviction resulted from the concerted efforts of law enforcement partners in the OCDETF investigation, 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.”

     This OCDETF investigation involved federal agents and local law enforcement officers of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Guam Police Department (GPD), Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency (GCQA), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), U.S. National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration (NOAA), and U.S. Coast Guard Criminal Investigative Service (CGIS).  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Clyde Lemons, Jr.

Updated May 6, 2015