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Guam ‘ice’ defendant insists on guilty plea

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — A man indicted on federal drug charges told Judge Joaquin Manibusan Jr. at his arraignment hearing Monday that he wants to plead guilty to the charges against him.

Dextor Wilton Long had some tense moments in the District Court of Guam, as he shook his head “No” and pressed the court to accept his guilty plea.

Dexter Long

“It’s very unusual. You would be the first person ever to appear for arraignment and want to plead guilty,” Judge Manibusan said. “It’s really not the ordinary way to proceed. I just don’t know how intelligently you can make that guilty plea without counsel looking at the evidence.”

Judge Manibusan told Long it appears his decision to plead guilty this early on, in this case, is not being done “intelligently and knowingly.”

The judge instead entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Long.

“I thought I had my constitutional rights,” Long said. “No, you will not do that for me. Please, don’t violate my constitutional rights.”

Judge Manibusan cautioned Long and told Assistant U.S. Attorney Rosetta San Nicolas to expedite a plea agreement for the defendant.

“You have all the time in the world to enter a plea,” Judge Manibusan said. “The result of that plea is going to put you away for a long time.”

However, Long continued to shake his head in court and even spoke over the judge multiple times.

“I am totally aware. I want to plead guilty,” Long said. “Why won’t you enter a plea of guilty? Can I find another judge who would accept it? I want the record to show guilty and that I object that you entered not guilty for me. I am accepting total responsibility for my actions.”

Court-appointed defense attorney Jeffrey Moots told the court that his client is adamant and desired to go forward with a guilty plea without a written agreement by the government.

He said Long was also made aware that he could face 10 years to life in federal prison.

The charges

Long was charged with possession of methamphetamine hydrochloride with intent to distribute and attempted possession of the drug with intent to distribute.

According to the indictment, on May 9 and 16, Long knowingly and intentionally possessed at least 50 grams of meth with the intent to distribute the drug.

During Monday’s hearing, Moots also requested that Long be released from custody so he could take care of his family.

San Nicolas objected to the request, detailing the allegations that Long had more than 530 grams of meth that he concealed in a sleeping bag. She said the defendant tried t profit from the drugs and contends he remains a danger to the community.

Judge Manibusan denied the request, explaining that the defendant failed to follow his release conditions the first time. In May, Long admitted in writing to using meth on May 12 and THC on May 14.

The judge set Long’s trial for Aug. 21.