SHAWN N. ANDERSON, Acting United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, announced that defendant JULIAN ROBLES, age 40, from Agat, was sentenced in District Court to a term of 20 years imprisonment for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 846; Conspiracy to Launder the Proceeds of the Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substances, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1956(h) and 1956(a)(1)(A)(i); and Felon in Possession of Firearms and Ammunition, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g). The Court also ordered ten years of supervised release following defendant’s term of imprisonment and payment of a mandatory $300 assessment fee. Robles was subject to federal sentencing enhancements due to prior convictions for Robbery in Hawaii and Possession of a Scheduled II Controlled Substance in Guam. Additionally, defendants convicted of a federal drug offense may no longer qualify for certain federal benefits.
Acting U.S. Attorney Anderson stated, “The primary goal of the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Program has been to identify, investigate, and prosecute the transnational, national, and regional criminal organizations most responsible for the illegal drug supply in the United States, the diversion of pharmaceutical drugs, and the violence associated with the drug trade. As this complex drug investigation revealed, Guam is not immune from this type of organized activity. Armed drug traffickers pose an exceptionally grave danger to our communities. The possession of one round of ammunition can expose a prohibited person to substantial federal penalties. The public can expect our federal and local law enforcement partnership to continue to focus its resources and expertise to combat this criminal activity.”
This OCDETF case involved federal agents and local law enforcement officers of the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Postal Inspection Service , Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, Guam Police Department, Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, U.S. Coast Guard Criminal Investigative Service, U.S. Marshals Service, and the Judiciary of Guam Probation Division. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen F. Leon Guerrero and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Clyde Lemons Jr.