A 45-year-old woman faces 10 years to life in prison after she admitted to drug charges filed against her in the District Court of Guam.

Cynthia Leon Guerrero Paulino pleaded guilty to possession of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine hydrochloride with intent to distribute. She made an initial appearance hearing before Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan Jr. on Wednesday. 

The case was unsealed earlier this month; however, details of the charges in the information she admitted to were not disclosed.

She waived her rights for her case to go before a grand jury for indictment.

Drugs, firearms and $540K in cash found

Paulino was among six Guam residents who were arrested in November 2018 after a traffic stop at the Marbo Cave area led to two police raids, and the seizure of methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, firearms and more than $540,000.

One of the search warrants, which was executed in Agana Heights, resulted in the seizure of 4 ounces of methamphetamine, 14 grams of cocaine, 30 grams of marijuana and $15,000 in cash, police stated in November.

The investigation also led to the discovery of a safety deposit box that allegedly contained drug proceeds.

Paulino, who was 44 when arrested last year, of Agana Heights, was initially arrested on police charges of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance with the intent to distribute, and illegal possession of a Schedule I controlled substance. A search warrant at a Coast360 branch related to Paulino's arrest led to the discovery of $510,000 in cash and other assets locked in a safety deposit box.  

Sentencing will be done at a later date by Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood.

Paulino will remain out of prison while she awaits sentencing.

She will be back in court for a status hearing on Jan. 16, 2020.

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