Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Anthony Jude Leon Guerrero Blas, 21, has admitted to stealing more than $6,000 worth of vape juice from the mail while still working in the private sector.
He appeared for a change-of-plea hearing dressed in his U.S. Marine Corps uniform on Monday before District Court of Guam Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan Jr.
“Guilty, Your Honor,” Blas said.
“The court finds the defendant is fully competent and capable of entering a guilty plea,” said Manibusan, after he accepted Blas’ admission of guilt to the charge of theft of mail.
Blas faces a maximum of five years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and three years’ supervised release.
Sentencing will be held before Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood on Dec. 16.
In March 2017, Blas met with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service regarding mail thefts.
Blas, at the time, had been working as a cargo service agent at Aircraft Service International Group located at the United Airlines cargo facility.
According to the plea agreement, Blas said between December 2016 and January 2017, he stole five mail packages that were declared as e-liquids. Blas told authorities he would put the packages in another person’s vehicle and they later divided the stolen items.
He said he only took e-liquid labeled 6mg, which indicated the amount of nicotine in the bottle.
Blas said he knew it was wrong to take the vape juice and said he is willing to pay the costs for the items.