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On Guam, maximum-security inmate admits bribery, meth smuggling

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Bruno Simmons has pleaded guilty to two charges related to the contraband smuggling case at the Department of Corrections.

Bruno Simmons is led into the police department’s Hagåtña precinct command on Sept. 5, 2017. The Guam Daily Post photo

During a change of plea hearing Wednesday at the Superior Court of Guam, Simmons pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deliver a Schedule II controlled substance as a first-degree felony, and conspiracy to give bribes as a third-degree felony.

Judge Anita Sukola, reading the details of the agreement to the defendant, said the charge of conspiracy to deliver a Schedule II controlled substance carries a prison time of up to five years with fines up to $15,000. She said the conspiracy to give bribes carries a prison time of no more than five years and a fine of $5,000.

Sukola also told Simmons that the plea agreement would also mean he could be summoned to testify against the other defendants in the case.

Attorney Gloria Rudolph, Simmons’ legal counsel, informed the court that the defendant had been threatened after agreeing to take the plea.

“He has expressed concerns about his safety,” Rudolph said.

In light of the safety concerns, Sukola said the court will look into what Corrections can do to isolate or secure the defendant.

Simmons, a maximum-security inmate, was arrested on Aug. 24, 2017, along with former Corrections Internal Affairs head Lt. Jeffrey Limo and corrections officers Edward Crisostomo, Frankie Rosalin, Gerry Hocog, Fermin Maratita and Jerome San Nicolas; inmate Shawn Paul Johnson; and civilians Ronald Meno, Roxanne Hocog, Rosalina Hocog and Paul Lynwood Johnson in connection with an alleged contraband smuggling conspiracy.

The government has alleged the corrections officers accepted bribes and helped coordinate the smuggling of crystal methamphetamine, cellphones and other contraband into the prison, Post files state.

In November 2017, two of the defendants pleaded guilty to charges of possession and bribery. Roxanne Hocog pleaded guilty to drug possession and delivery, and bribery. Meanwhile, Ronald Meno faces up to five years after pleading guilty to bribery.

On Dec. 26, 2017, telephone recordings from inside the detention facility allegedly implicated Roxanne Hocog and inmates Simmons, Julian Robles and Ray Hocog in a conspiracy to move drugs into the facility.

Roxanne Hocog was charged with delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance, illegal possession of a Schedule II controlled substance with intent to deliver, conspiracy to promote major prison contraband and a special allegation of felony committed while on felony release.

Simmons, Robles and Ray Hocog were charged with conspiracy to promote major prison contraband.