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Yona mayor’s ex-girlfriend charged in meth scheme

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — A once-confidential federal indictment against Lovelia Mendoza, Joseph R. Roman II and Mark Mayo has been made public through the unsealing of documents in the District Court of Guam on Wednesday.

The three defendants are charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine hydrochloride, attempted possession of methamphetamine hydrochloride with intent to distribute, and notice of forfeiture.

Lovelia Mendoza

According to the indictment handed down by a federal grand jury on Nov. 13, the three participated in a scheme to distribute 50 or more grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride between April and May 2018.

The indictment was made public Wednesday after Roman and Mayo were arrested. They appeared before District Court Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan Jr.

The two entered pleas of not guilty and the jury trial was scheduled for Jan. 28, 2020.

The two men are in the custody of the U.S. Marshals.

Mendoza is incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institute in Dublin, California, after she was given an 8-year sentence for meth possession last year.

She was found in possession of 537 grams of meth and 30 grams of cocaine and admitted to distributing drugs to U.S. military members, dependents, and a federal employee.

Mendoza is a former girlfriend of Yona Mayor Jesse Mendiola Blas, who is behind bars awaiting a federal jury trial on extortion and bribery in connection with illegal drug activity in his village.

Vickilyn Teregeyo, another former girlfriend of Blas, is among the cooperating witnesses in the federal case against the mayor.

An informant said Blas allowed drug traffickers to use cluster mailboxes — intended for use by residents of his village — to mail illegal drugs. Blas remains in jail while waiting for his trial.