21 Apr 2017
- By Mindy Aguon - For Variety
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — A plea agreement filed in the District Court of Guam details a conspiracy to bring large quantities of crystal methamphetamine from California to Guam.
Joaquin Patrick Ulloa Rosario, 46, has signed a plea deal with federal authorities, and admitted to conspiring to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine hydrochloride.
Court documents state the conspiracy to bring in the drug “ice” began in December 2013 and continued until federal authorities executed a search warrant at his home in April 2014.
The plea agreement states that an unnamed individual was arrested in San Francisco, California, in March 2014 trying to board a flight bound to Guam via Narita, Japan. The individual was found carrying approximately 500 grams of methamphetamine and told U.S. Department of Homeland Security agents he was going to deliver the drugs to Rosario.
The individual told authorities he had come to Guam on prior trips and brought methamphetamine for Rosario who would pay him in cash before he went back to San Francisco, court documents state.
A month after the airport bust, the individual texted Rosario advising him that he would be coming to Guam on April 17, 2015, but when Rosario showed up to the airport, he was met by federal agents who seized $15,340 in cash and 48 grams of the drug “ice” in his BMW, according to documents.
The plea agreement states law enforcement conducted a search of his residence and found more methamphetamine, $79,950 in cash, a Colt .45 firearm, ammunition and Western Union receipts showing the money he had sent to San Francisco to pay for the drugs.
Rosario admitted to authorities that he met the drug source in California and realized he could “make a lot of money on Guam” because the price of meth at that time was $500 to $700 a gram.
Rosario is scheduled to officially enter his guilty plea on Friday.
The maximum sentence for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine hydrochloride is life imprisonment with a mandatory minimum of 10 years behind bars.