HAGATNA, Guam — A 37-year-old man from Umatac, Guam was sentenced to just over 4 years in federal prison in the U.S. District Court of Guam on Friday after he was convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Fifty or More Grams of Methamphetamine. The court also added 3 years of supervised release, 50 hours of community service, and a mandatory $100 fee.
Brandon Quinata plead guilty for his participation in a meth trafficking ring out of Las Vegas in 2018. According to court documents, he arranged for two packages to be sent to him and another individual on Guam.
“As revealed in this case, substantial quantities of drugs continue to be sent through our mail system.” U.S. Attorney Shawn Anderson, who announced the sentencing, stated through a press release.
“Federal law enforcement will remain vigilant in combating this activity. Traffickers can expect substantial terms of imprisonment because of our prosecutions.” he added.
In his plea agreement, Quinata admits to meeting with a relative and arranging the product to be sent to Guam, unsealed records say. His relative purchased the drugs and mailed it to Quinata’s mailbox in Merizo. Quinata returned home and awaited the packages.
However, to Quinata’s dismay, federal investigators intercepted the two packages – which contained over 200 grams of 98% pure Methamphetamine in total – and replaced them with fake product. A “controlled delivery” of the packages was executed, with investigators receiving an electronic signal that the packages had been opened.
Six days later, authorities contacted Quinata and conducted an interview, where he confessed to the crime. Documents state he informed investigators of “various drug dealings and distribution of methamphetamine into Guam.”
Quinata had previously been recommended to participate in a substance abuse program after using marijuana while on pretrial release.
The joint investigation into his case was conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case was prosecuted by the Assistant US Attorney in the District of Guam, Stephen F. Leon Guerrero.