Three Found Guilty Of Mailing Drugs From Las Vegas To Guam

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Prosecutor asks for 10 year sentence for conspiracy to distribute meth

By Malorie Paine

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Nov. 7, 2014) – Two men and a woman were found guilty in the District Court of Guam yesterday on charges related to an operation that involved the mailing of drugs between Las Vegas and Guam.

At 2:30 p.m., a jury returned a guilty verdict in the case against Francisco C. Arias and Eder J. Cortez-Zelaya of Nevada and Corinna M. Concepcion.

Nine other defendants in the case signed plea agreements.

The trio was on trial for their involvement in a drug operation in which packages containing methamphetamine were mailed between Las Vegas and Guam.

Arias and Cortez-Zelaya were found guilty of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, conspiracy to commit money laundering, unlawful use of mail to distribute methamphetamine, and unlawful use of mail to facilitate the conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Concepcion was found guilty of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and the conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Clyde Lemons asked for no less than 10 years for each of the defendants.

Phillip Torres, defense attorney for Cortez-Zelaya, asked that his client be released until sentencing. Neither Cortez-Zelaya nor Concepcion were detained during the trial, but Arias was.

Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood said that as she interpreted the law, it requires that the three be detained until sentencing.

"After having thought about it, I believe the court was right," Torres said as he was leaving the court.

Torres was "a bit surprised" at the jury's decision, he said.

The U.S. attorney could request that any subsequent assets be forfeited. Lemons said the U.S. Attorney's Office was not aware of any subsequent assets, but would look again to be sure. Any request for the forfeiture of assets must be submitted to the court no later than noon Monday.

A forfeiture hearing is scheduled for Wednesday. The sentencing will be held March 2.

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