Former Customs officer Perry M. Iguel was slapped with a 24-month jail term for his involvement in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine or “ice.”
At a hearing on Thursday, U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona M. Manglona sentenced Iguel to 24 months in prison.
After serving his sentence, Iguel will be placed on three years of supervised release.
Manglona also required the defendant to, among other things, perform 150 hours of community service, participate in a substance abuse program, and pay a $100 special assessment fee.
The judge waived all fines after determining that the defendant does not have the ability to pay.
Manglona granted the U.S. government’s motion to dismiss the remaining two charges.
Assistant U.S. attorney Rami Badawy recommended 18 months imprisonment—the low end of the sentencing guidelines. Court-appointed counsel Robert T. Torres recommended a one-month prison term.
In his sentencing memorandum, Torres disclosed that as this case was pending, Iguel’s wife passed away on June 29 at the age of 32 after a battle with gastrointestinal cancer.
Iguel and his wife learned only about the cancer last January, barely five months after the defendant was arrested and charged. Torres said the wife’s death left Iguel behind with their two sons, ages 10 and 6.
“The two children cannot be punished for the sins of their father and left unguided as a result of the loss of their mother,” he said.
To bring his sons back from Guam, Iguel had to pawn his wedding ring—“the most treasured item evidencing his lifelong commitment” to his wife, said Torres.
According to the indictment, Iguel, then a Customs officer, distributed $420 worth of “ice” on Dec. 13, 2011, and Jan. 10, 2012. The defendant pleaded guilty in October 2012.