A former police officer charged with possession of methamphetamine is expected to enter a plea of guilty following a plea agreement offer by the Guam attorney general’s office.
Jason Ortiola was arrested in January of 2018 and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, as well as possession of a Schedule II controlled substance.
Ortiola was arrested along with Jose Santos Jr. and Roger Balicha. Santos was arrested after police executed a search warrant at a luxury condominium complex in Tamuning and seized packaging material containing meth residue, 4.7 grams of marijuana and $4,100. Santos then identified Ortiola as his alleged drug dealer, and Ortiola was arrested.
“He would be pleading, according to this, to possession of a Schedule ll substance,” said Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola of Ortiola during a hearing on Tuesday.
A plea agreement for Santos is “no longer on the table,” according to defense attorney John Morrison.
Ortiola was previously arrested in 2005 after selling drugs while in his police uniform and carrying his duty weapon. He was terminated from the police department. He entered into a plea agreement and was ordered to serve six years in prison.
A change-of-plea hearing was set for Sept. 26.