Ex-Guam Customs Officer Sentenced 14 Years For Methamphetamine Importation Scheme

Also plead guilty to a second charge of warning the subject of a search in part for tipping off involved relative

By Jasmine Stole

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, August 09, 2016) – A federal judge on Monday sentenced a former Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency officer to 14 years behind bars for his involvement in a scheme to import more than 900 grams of methamphetamine through the U.S. Postal Service.

Jayvin Wyll Ueda Remoket entered a guilty plea for one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, or “ice,” and one count of warning the subject of a search, according to court records.

U.S. District Court of Guam Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood sentenced Remoket to 14 years for the first charge of conspiracy to distribute meth and five years for the second charge of warning the subject of a search. Both sentences will run concurrently.

While he worked as a local Customs officer, Remoket aided his relative, Frederick Obak, who was also found to be responsible for two packages of meth sent to Guam in postal packages. The two packages were addressed to two men, Amos Ueda and Thomas Kautz.

A postal inspector intercepted the suspicious packages in January 2014 and found drugs inside. The drugs were replaced with a sham and put back into the mail system for a controlled delivery later, court documents state.

Ueda, who is also related to Obak and Remoket, agreed to receive one of the packages containing 984 grams of ice.

On Jan. 16, Remoket attended a briefing at the Drug Enforcement Administration and learned of the controlled delivery for the Ueda package and agreed to participate, documents state.

After the briefing, Remoket and two other officers were seated in a car in the vicinity of the StayWell insurance office, where the Ueda package would be delivered. While in the back of a vehicle, Remoket sent a text message to Obak’s phone stating, “911 call chief. Tell him don’t get it,” documents state.

Obak, Ueda and Remoket exchanged text messages about the package, with Remoket informing Obak and Ueda to deny involvement, according to court papers.

Remoket also instructed Obak to delete all text messages and delete his WhatsApp messaging application, documents state.

His actions interfered with the controlled delivery, documents state. Later Remoket told authorities he purchased meth from Obak before and he was aware about the agreement between Obak and Ueda to distribute ice in Guam.

Lab tests revealed the meth in the Ueda package was found to be 82-percent pure.

When Obak was sentenced on Aug. 1, prosecuting attorney Rosetta San Nicolas said both the Ueda and Kautz packages contained 2,171 grams of methamphetamine, with a street value of more than $1 million. In the Ueda package was 984 grams, worth about $492,000.

Ueda was sentenced to almost three years in prison and Kautz received two years for their respective involvement in the incident.

In a letter of support on Remoket’s behalf, Lam Lam Tours and Transportation Assistant General Manager James Anderson wrote that Remoket is dependable, reliable and shows potential to move to the next level in his employment.

“I’m sure he regrets what he’s done, we all made our mistakes in life, there is no changing this,” Anderson wrote. “I’m writing this letter in hopes that it may help in consideration of the sentenced to be imposed.”

Remoket was also charged with conspiracy to possess a controlled substance and destruction or removal of property to prevent seizure but those charges were dismissed, according to court records. He is to self-surrender at a later time to the Bureau of Prisons before he is transported to a federal prison.

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