(No. 1) FBI investigation topples Yona mayor

MENDOZA: Lovelia Mendoza arrives for a hearing in the District Court of Guam in Hagåtña in the May 29, 2018 file photo. Mendoza has been convicted of meth distribution and allegedly gave federal authorities information on Yona Mayor Jesse Blas. She is denying new drug charges. Post file photo

A once-confidential federal indictment against Lovelia Mendoza, Joseph R. Roman II and Mark Mayo has been made public through the unsealing of documents in the District Court of Guam on Wednesday.

The three defendants are charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine hydrochloride, attempted possession of methamphetamine hydrochloride with intent to distribute, and notice of forfeiture.

According to the indictment handed down by a federal grand jury on Nov. 13, the three allegedly participated in a scheme to distribute 50 or more grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride between April and May 2018.

The indictment was made public Wednesday after Roman and Mayo were arrested. They appeared before District Court Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan Jr.

The two entered pleas of not guilty and the jury trial was scheduled for Jan. 28, 2020.

The two men are in the custody of the U.S. Marshals.

Mendoza is incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institute in Dublin, California, after she was given an 8-year sentence for meth possession last year.

She was found in possession of 537 grams of meth and 30 grams of cocaine and admitted to distributing drugs to U.S. military members, dependents, and a federal employee.

Mendoza is a former girlfriend of Yona Mayor Jesse Mendiola Blas, who is behind bars awaiting a federal jury trial on extortion and bribery in connection with alleged illegal drug activity in his village.

Vickilyn Teregeyo, another former girlfriend of Blas, is among the cooperating witnesses in the federal case against the mayor.

An informant has alleged Blas allowed drug traffickers to use cluster mailboxes – intended for use by residents of his village – to mail illegal drugs, the indictment against the mayor states. Blas remains in jail while waiting for his trial.

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