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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Mateo B. Sardoma, Jr. And Rudy P.H. Sablan Sentenced To 11 Years Imprisonment On Federal Firearms & Narcotic Charges

(Hagatna, Guam), ALICIA A.G. LIMTIACO, United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, announced that Mateo B. Sardoma, Jr. and Rudy P.H. Sablan, defendants in the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) case United States v. Sardoma, et al., Criminal Case No. 12-000010 (D. Guam), were sentenced today by the Honorable Frances
Tydingco-Gatewood, Chief Judge, District Court of Guam.  The Defendants were sentenced to serve eleven years of incarceration followed by three years of supervised release.

In considering the evidence presented at trial, both Sablan and Sardoma were sentenced to ten years of prison for being felons in possession of a firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section
922(g)(1) and to an additional year to run consecutively for possession of methamphetamine in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 844(a).

Both defendants were jointly and severally ordered to pay $18,000 to the victim of an assault in the case.

Sardoma was also ordered to forfeit $51,136, which will be applied toward a $200,000 money judgment issued against him. He was also ordered to forfeit a 2008 Toyota Pick Up and a 2003 Toyota Highlander.

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.”  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.

The investigating agencies include the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) - Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service (USCGIS), U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Guam Police Department (GPD) and Guam Customs & Quarantine Agency (GC&QA). The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Frederick Black and Stephen Leon Guerrero.

Updated January 7, 2015