Two of the remaining four unresolved cases in Guam’s biggest cocaine bust moved closer to resolution on Tuesday.
Manglona to plead guilty next month
Jonathan Joe Meno Manglona, one of the defendants charged in connection to the largest cocaine seizure in Guam history, is scheduled to plead guilty in Superior Court next month.
A change-of-plea hearing for him was set for Oct. 3.
Manglona and co-defendant Randall Wayne Fulcher Jr. appeared in court on Tuesday before Judge Michael Bordallo. The two were among the 10 people indicted in 2018 on drug charges.
2017 assault case delays Fulcher’s plea hearing
However, Fulcher’s change-of-plea hearing was delayed. His defense attorney, Samuel Teker, told the court Fulcher has a separate 2017 case that could affect the outcome of his drug case.
Fulcher was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, assault and family violence in a separate case in October 2017. He was accused of digitally penetrating his roommate during a bout of what Fulcher described as “horseplay,” Post files state.
Bordallo set another hearing for Fulcher's drug case on Sept. 26.
Frederick and Flores cases await resolution
Judge Bordallo on Tuesday said that Manglona, Fulcher, and co-defendants Nicholas Glen Frederick and George Carlos Paulino Flores are the last of the defendants in the cocaine case waiting for their cases to be resolved.
The defendants were first arrested in May 2018, when police seized 35 pounds of cocaine after they executed two search warrants in Inarajan.
Some of the defendants have claimed the cocaine was in a barrel that washed onto the Inarajan shoreline.