Joshua John Untalan Mesa, 40, admitted to the charges filed against him in a superseding indictment in the District Court of Guam on Monday.

He pleaded guilty before Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan Jr. to the charge of attempted possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Mesa faces a maximum of 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $5 million. He will also be placed on four years' supervised probation and will be denied federal benefits, as part of his plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 9, 2020.

Wants release to get married

Defense attorney Peter Perez asked that Mesa be allowed 48 hours release from prison so that he can get married and spend time with his young child.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Sambataro objected to the request, noting that defendants awaiting sentencing are not eligible for release. She also told the court that Mesa has a history of violating release conditions in prior cases.

Sambataro suggested that he get married during visitation at the prison.

Attorney Perez responded that Mesa has no intention to violate his plea agreement if granted a limited period of release. Mesa has been in custody for 19 months.

Judge Manibusan told Mesa to file his request in writing.

On April 19, 2018, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service discovered 56 grams of methamphetamine inside a package addressed to a residence on Taigigao Road in Agana Heights.

An undercover Postal Service inspector posing as a letter carrier delivered the package to Mesa, who later took the parcel to a home in Chalan Pago.

When law enforcement approached the residence and found Mesa inside holding the package, he allegedly fled the scene and ran into the jungle where he was later found on a tree, appearing to be suffering from heat exhaustion, court documents state.

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