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Guam Corrections foils attempt to use patient as drug mule

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Yet another attempt to smuggle suspected contraband into the island’s prison was foiled over the weekend by a Department of Corrections officer.

Corrections Deputy Director Kate Baltazar confirmed a wheelchair-bound inmate was taken to a renal center for dialysis Saturday morning. Following the treatment, the corrections officer who accompanied the prisoner went to retrieve the inmate’s wheelchair and noticed what he described as a suspicious encounter between the prisoner and an unknown woman.

The inmate was searched after the woman left, and the officer found two rolled items suspected to be marijuana, along with a small plastic bag containing suspected crystal methamphetamine.

“We applaud our officers and their heightened awareness...in making sure contraband doesn’t make it into our facility,” Baltazar said.

Baltazar could not say whether the prisoner intended to slip the suspected contraband into his wheelchair. A full strip-search is conducted on all prisoners when they return to Corrections, she said.

The case has been forwarded to the police department’s Mandaña Drug Task Force, which is working closely with Corrections’ Operation Green Vigilance on anti-contraband efforts.

Corrections has foiled numerous attempts to smuggle contraband into the prison in Mangilao over the past several months.