Drug defendant walks free after plea deal

GUILTY: Bien Montefolka De Belen walks out of Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola's courtroom after he pleaded guilty to drug possession during a change-of-plea hearing held on Wednesday. Nick Delgado/The Guam Daily Post

Defendant Bien Montefolka De Belen, 32, walked out of the Superior Court of Guam a free man Wednesday after he pleaded guilty before Judge Anita Sukola to possession of methamphetamine.

Belen, who is represented by attorney Karlo Dizon, pleaded guilty to possession of a Schedule II controlled substance as a third-degree felony.

The other charge, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance with intent to deliver as a first-degree felony, was dismissed, according to the plea agreement with the Office of the Attorney General.

The plea agreement included a three-year suspended prison sentence with credit for time served, which means Belen would not have to spend another day in custody at the Department of Corrections.

He was placed on five-year supervised probation and ordered to perform 150 hours of community service.

Drugs confiscated

On Feb. 14, 2018, police responded to a report of a possible burglary in Sinajana at a residence whose owners were said to be traveling off island, court documents state.

Responding officers spotted the defendant run "suspiciously toward the front passenger side of a black Nissan pickup truck." Court documents state the suspect was apparently fumbling with several items and reached into the front passenger seat of the vehicle.

During a search, authorities found 11 small plastic bags, some of which contained suspected methamphetamine. Officers also confiscated a digital scale, heat-sealed straw and glass pipe with meth residue, documents state.